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Ancestor Group Portrait

Overall: 278.2 x 112.2 cm (109 1/2 x 44 3/16 in.); Painting only: 157.2 x 90.2 cm (61 7/8 x 35 1/2 in.)
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Court officials' wives could wear the same rank badge as their spouses.


From top to bottom this scroll features various generations of ancestors with men on the right and women on the left, 30 figures altogether. Inscribed tablets give their rank and relation within the family. Square badges on their robes indicate each figure's rank as an official. Scrolls of this type were displayed for worship at home during the New Year celebrations.
Ancestor Group Portrait

Ancestor Group Portrait


China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Jiaqing period (1796-1820)


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