• Portrait of a Noblewoman

    Technique:
    painting
    Dimensions:
    51x30 cm

Portrait of a Noblewoman

China, after 1898

The official and his wife are depicted against a neutral background of light-coloured silk sitting regally in armchairs. The couple are both young; their social status is entirely revealed through their clothing. The man is wearing ceremonial uniform. On his chest he has the “mandarin square” that is an indicator of rank. The wild goose on the badge and the lapis-lazuli sphere on his hat show that this is a civilian official of the fourth rank. His wife is wearing a formal robe and a sleeveless jacket. The red colour of her clothing, embroidered with gold dragons, and her elaborate headwear makes it possible to conclude that this is a wedding portrait rather than just a formal one and that it was painted specially for that occasion.

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Portrait of a Noblewoman

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painting

Dimensions:

51x30 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1977; purchased from N.V. Durdina

Inventory Number:

ЛТ-7636

Comment:

pair to the ЛТ-7635, Portrait of a Nobleman (her husband)

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