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  • Portrait of Official and His Wife

    Technique:
    indian ink and mineral pigments on silk
    Dimensions:
    143x106 cm

Portrait of Official and His Wife

China, 15th-16th century

The artist painted a married couple calmly posing for him. They are depicted in a static frontal manner, evincing no desire to make contact with either the viewer or the artist. They are both wearing approved attire. The official has a wushamao hat and a red panling robe with a “mandarin square” sewn on to it. That badge is embroidered with silver pheasants, indicating that he is a civil official of the fifth rank. His wife also wears a panling robe embellished with the same rank badge as her husband. The colour red was a distinguishing feature of official Ming attire: the imperial surname of that dynasty (1368–1644) was zhu, which means “red”. The colour of the clothing, the shape and decoration of the rank badge, and certain features of the hat make it possible to date this portrait to the late 16th or early 17th century.

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Portrait of Official and His Wife

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Technique:

indian ink and mineral pigments on silk

Dimensions:

143x106 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1971; purchased from a private person

Inventory Number:

ЛТ-7548

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