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Antique Chinese Ancestor Portrait Scroll Painted Cloth Pigment China 19Th C.

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Seller: gjpaw (549) 100%, Location: Chicago, Illinois, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 253063180251 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 GJPaw Auctions is pleased to offer a rare and beautiful Qing dynasty Chinese Ancestor Portrait Scroll. The Chinese have a deep connection and profound admiration and affinity for their ancestors. “Ancestor paintings” were painted specifically for use in ancestor worship and it was believed the power of the living person resided in their portrait after death. They almost always depicted their subjects in a nearly live-size frontal pose, most often seated in some sort of throne with a lavish carpet at their feet. Typically, they would be wearing semi-formal gowns with insignia that proclaimed their rank or status. The only differences are gender-related. Women’s feet, considered the most erotic part of the female body, were always hidden; and more often than not women’s hands were hidden as well. Although the costume worn by the ancestor could indicate court status and social position, the most important part of the portrait was the face. All ancestors were painted with virtually the same expression - a symbolically somber and detached look - to suggest a sort of objective, otherworldly status. Chinese ancestor portraits came into vogue during the late-Ming (1368-1644) dynasty. Before the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, ancestor paintings were rarely available for purchase or exhibited publicly. Most remained in the hands of family members, languishing in relative obscurity, replaced by the authenticity and exactness of photography. Today, they are recognized as a significant and unique Chinese art form, highly sought after by collectors and appreciated by audiences far greater than any ancestor might ever have imagined. This superb example is paint or pigment on cloth. It measures 25 inches in width by 39 inches in height (63.5 cm by 99.0 cm). It is in good condition and shows wear commensurate with age, including stains and pigmentation loss. It probably dates from the late 18th to mid-19th century. A superb collector’s item, it would make a welcome addition to any collection of Chinese art. GJPaw Auctions has been in the Art business for over 25 years and is now expanding its operation to eBay. Our goal is to bring the same experience and excitement of collecting that we have been delivering in-person to collectors across the globe at Primitive in Chicago. Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, and significance. We ship worldwide. Add GJPaw to Sellers you Follow and please take a moment to look at our other auction items. A010827-217 Condition: See description, Color: Multi-Color, Maker: Qing, Type: Paintings, Scrolls & Prints, Primary Material: Mixed Materials, Age: 1800-1849, Region of Origin: China, Original/Reproduction: Original

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