Set of ancestors

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€275.00
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Reproduction of a couple of Chinese ancestors on canvas, also called painting of Chinese dignitaries.

- These paintings come from a traditional Chinese art which dates back to Antiquity and which allows descendants to maintain a link with their ancestors.

Dimensions: 30 x 50 cm. Delivery 14 days

CHINESE HISTORY - AN ART BASED ON STRICT CODES AND CRITERIA:

- The portraits of Chinese ancestors are painted according to two codes: the need for verisimilitude and the desire to embellish the portrait of the Chinese dignitary.
- This type of painting respects very strict codified criteria and has a ritual function. Indeed, unlike Western portraits, Chinese ancestor portraits depict static ancestors whose faces are expressionless.
- The portraits of Chinese ancestors represent a person in a motionless posture in festive attire (mandarin robe and hat) or in the costume of a dignitary or official. They were made by painters until the arrival of photography, and the costumes had to be related to the social rank of the person. These costumes also differ according to eras, dynasties and ranks.
- Since the Ming, the rank mark emblems are distributed as follows:
* 1st class - White Crane
* 2nd class - Golden pheasant
* 3rd class - Peacock
* 4th class - Wild Goose
* 5th class - Silver pheasant
* 6th class - Egret
* 7th class - Mandarin duck
* 8th class - Oriole
* 9th class - Bird of paradise

- The portraits of Chinese ancestors are painted according to two codes: the need for verisimilitude and the desire to embellish the portrait of the Chinese dignitary. The costumes and luxurious decorations aim to embellish the reality of the ancestors, in order to bring prosperity to their descendants. The elements of decor serve to embellish reality, because the Chinese believe that this luxury will guarantee the prosperity of the family.

- These portraits can represent several generations in frontal view, a clan, a couple or a single person. The Chinese have these paintings in a dedicated place in their home, and sometimes they reserve an entire room for the worship of their ancestors.

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