Framed Chinese Qing Dynasty Ancestral Patriarch Po
55"W x 87"L x 3.5"D
This ancestral portrait is probably from the 18th century. It is in very good condition and is nicely framed. It depicts five generations of the family and is very rare.The chinese ancestors respect strict codified criterias. These portraits follow a standard compositional formula, including presentation of the figure full length and seated with a frontal orientation. We can see that according to different ancestors portrait only the face changes however, the facial expression stays the same. The Chinese ancestors drawings are made depending on different beliefs as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and peoples religion. The Chinese ancestors represents a deceased in a still posture with a festive attire (Chinese dignitaries dress and hat). The majorityof the portraits are classified as ancestor, or memorial portraits, defined as likenesses painted for the purpose of ritual worship. The chinese ancestors are painted by virtue of to two codes the need for verisimilitude and the desire to embellish the portrait of the deceased.
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