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Ceremonial Gate: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts

This Ceremonial Gate separated two inner courtyards in a Chinese upper class house. A gate like this one would have faced a main hall such as the Wu Family Reception Hall, located nearby.

The carved tile scenes below the roofline celebrate the prosperity of a land-owing family. Depicted on the top register are the four noble agrarian professions: scholar-official, farmer, woodcutter, and fisherman. Seated at his desk the scholar-official gazes out over his garden, the farmer tills his fields with his ox, the woodcutter swings his axe, and the fisherman casts his net. The second register is composed of an inscription that reads "in celebration of bestowed glory (1728)". Two panels flank it, one a landscape scene that includes a spotted deer, a symbol of longevity in Taoist philosophy.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009