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Folding Screen: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2001-06-08

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Monumental, twelve-panel screens became fashionable during the Kang-hsi reign (1662-1722) when they served as backdrops for formal gatherings. Each of the hinged panels framed a painting or calligraphy. This magnificent example may be the only huang-hua-li screen to have retained its original paintings. The panoramic scene depicts a son's (capping) ceremony taking place at an aristocratic villa. The open carving is finely finished on both sides, a rarity on large screens. Each of the upper and lower wood panels display hornless dragons surrounding a medallion with stylized shou (longevity) characters. Large screens of this type functioned as backdrops to formally arranged chairs and couches of important individuals and as backgrounds to altar tables.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009