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. Womens feet, considered the most erotic part of the female body, were always hidden; and more often than not womens 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. 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 profoundly reverential example is paint on paper, mounted on cloth.
It measures 34 inches in width by 80.5 inches in height (86.3 cm by 204.4 cm). It is in very good condition and shows wear commensurate with use including hairline cracks, pigmentation loss, touch-ups, and rubbing. A superb collectors item, it would make a welcome addition to any collection of Chinese art. 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. Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, and significance.
The item "ANTIQUE CHINESE ANCESTOR PORTRAIT SCROLL PAINTED SILK CALLIGRAPHY CHINA 19TH C" is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Paintings & Scrolls". The seller is "gjpaw" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.