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Portrait on silk of a man in Ming style- 19th century.

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Portrait on silk of a man in Ming style- 19th century.
Portrait of a man in Ming style clothes. Shanxi province, 19th century. Painted on silk which is uncommon for Shanxi where the majority of portraits were painted on coarse linen. The face is rendered in astonishing detail. This was the essence of xiezhenhua or the art of portraying. It should look like the person portrayed but also show his character and ethics. Although the painting is Ming in many aspects - the detailed face, the empty background and even the pattern of the textile covering the chair - it is more likely 19th century. One clue is the handkerchief he is holding. This is a typical detail that one does find in 19th century portraits but never in a Ming period one. Another clue is that the painter seems to have forgotten to paint a belt or girdle. Qing clothes didn't need one, Ming clothes did. Condition: the painting itself is in a general very good condition. A few small cracks, a few small damaged spots. Old mounting and scroll-ends. Some loose edges of the bordering material. Some missing decorative strip along the edges.


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