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Pair Chinese Ancestor Portraits Qing Dynasty - $2,500 (portland)

condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Unknown
size / dimensions: 32 wide x 54 high
Antique Chinese Ancestor Portraits Museum Quality. Pair likely Wife & Husband possibly Qing Dynasty Mid 19th Century.
Watercolor Painting on silk, beautifully framed. Originally painted on silk scrolls.
Ancestor portraits were commonly used for family rituals during the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) and continued into the later Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912) and beyond. They were used at all levels of society but particularly amongst the ruling military and scholarly classes.
It was believed that if the portrait was not a good likeness, with even one small mistake, then any prayers and offerings meant for the ancestor could be misdirected to someone else, resulting in tragedy for the family.
The ‘Mandarin squares’ first appeared in early Ming dynasty, used to indicate rank both higher-level military personnel and civil officials. Use continued until fall of Qing dynasty seen on robes of ancestor paintings. Badges show a bird likely these were high ranking civil servants (see middle of robe.)
This pair of pictures were purchased in early 60's at a high end furntiture store in PDX. I was told by estate original cost was 4000.00
Email with questions. Cash Only. Offers considered.

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