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male ancestor portrait of court official
  • China
  • male ancestor portrait of court official, 1800s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • ink, color on silk
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 89.5 x 55.3 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 35 1/4 x 21 3/4 in
    Mount Dimensions: 105 x 70 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 41 5/16 x 27 1/2 in
  • Bequest of Hubert M. Floersch, M.D.
  • Not on display
  • 2004.0035

Painted hanging scroll depicting a portrait of a seated male figure, identified as a court official. One of a pair of court official portraits. The figure is sitting in a frontal position on a round-backed chair that is draped in a green-patterned cloth. The background of the sitter is an unornamented tan color on the upper half, while the lower half is covered with a geometrically patterned carpet featuring stylized flower patterns ithe front. The sitter is wearing a pale-blue, front-split robe, or jifu (semi-formal court attire) and a white-fur-inlaid dark-blue coat with a square crane or golden pheasant badge that announces him as a first or second rank civil official. His also wearing a black-fur-inlaid red hat with a brass ornament on the top. His feet are placed on a wooden footstool topped with marble. He displays a mustache and a braided goatee that reaches his lower torso.