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A Qing Dynasty Chinese ancestral portrait

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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1900: item # 1092134

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A Qing Dynasty Chinese ancestral portrait
A Qing Dynasty Chinese ancestral portrait depicting a mandarin of 4th rank on paper; size: 133 cm x 70 cm for the painted area; 167 cm x 76 cm including the margin. By the late Qing and into the early Republican period, the traditions of these ancestral scrolls usually brought out on special family occasions and displayed either in the main or the ancestral hall of the mansion were becoming less about portraiture and more just a reminder. In many cases the bodies and backgrounds were pre-painted and standardized and only the faces and some elements of rank added in. The vast majority are posthumous, e.g. remade to replace damaged scrolls or reworked to honour a deceased ancestor with an increase in official rank due to the success of a living relative (i.e. the grandson's rank should not exceed the grandfathers, so relatives are raised in rank posthumously out of respect). Wives wear the emblems of the rank of husbands, but in cases of nobility they may also wear the rank of their father's or grandparents.

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