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female ancestor portrait of a court official's wife
  • China
  • female ancestor portrait of a court official's wife, 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
  • 2004.0036

Portrait of a seated female, identified as a court official, one in a pair of male and female portraits. The figure is seated frontally in a round-backed chair, which is draped in a green-patterned cloth. She holds her arms together in front of her body and places her feet on a marble topped wooden footstool. Behind her is a blank tan wall, while underneath the chair is a geometrically patterned carpet featuring a “fu dog” design in front. The sitter wears a red robe with a square badge on the chest depicting a crane or golden pheasant, while a skirt peeks from the bottom of the robe in extremely stylized pleats. She also wears a golden headdress with two pheasants atop the rim, each of which holds three tiers of pearls in its beak.