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A painting on silk depicting the procession of a successful candidate in the civil service examinations. At the back, towards the upper right corner, is a young woman, probably his bride-to-be, dressed in a red coat with blue collar, sitting in a sedan chair carried by four men. In front is another more ornate red and green sedan chair with dragon motifs and a butterfly fixed to each corner of the roof. A man wearing a coat with a Mandarin square walks beside it. Walking in front are musicians and four paper lantern carriers, which have the words shuang xi, or double happiness, written on them. Also in the procession are drummers, a gong carrier and men carrying placards, metal lanterns and flags with symbolic images, such as an open hand and an axe head, on long poles. Two men at the front each carry a gong and a large flag with the phrases 'open the roads', 'honourable person' and 'scholar' emblazoned on them.

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painting
1996.355
Anthropology

1 item (description level: whole)

Procession of a successful candidate in the civil service examinations
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  painting (art)
object name (unclassified):  textile
object name:  painting
supplied:  Procession of a successful candidate in the civil service examinations

Place
China; Asia
Additional place information
China 
Date made
late 19th century
Additional date information
late 19th century 

Materials & techniques
silk; pigment
Additional material & technique information
material: pigment (overall)
material: silk (textile) (overall)
material: silk (overall)
Measurements
overall: 460 x 705 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 18.1102 x 27.7559 in.; 460 x 705 mm
Inscriptions
stamp: red stamp, lower left front of painting 'the book of Zhou Pei Chun' [painter's signature?] (= Joanne Yeung [2003-12-11]) (in Mandarin)..

Provenance
donor:  Mears, C.B., Mr  gift 1996-12-18


Related subjects
Silk
Paintings
Textiles
Weddings
object name: painting
painting (image-making)
object name (Horniman Ethno.): paintings (art)
material: pigment
pigment
material: silk
silk (textile)
tabby (textile)

Record created 1999-04-16 by PAUL
Record last updated 2016-10-04 by XGVIEWS

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