Portrait of Boggodo, Prince Zhuang (1650-1723)

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Medium
Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions
H x W (Overall): 373.5 × 207 cm (147 1/16 × 81 1/2 in) H x W (Painting): 216.5 × 153 cm (85 1/4 × 60 1/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1991.78
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
China, dragon, flower, portrait, prince, Pritzlaff collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The size of this scroll and its ornate red-gold brocade mounting well complement the sumptuousness of the elaborate furnishings. Boggodo's high cheekbones were signs of great authority in traditional Chinese conventions governing physiognomy (the reading of facial features). His rather meek expression contrasts with the magnificence of the setting, but the calm demeanor is typical of ancestor portraits. It may also be an accurate reflection of the man, who was not active in official life. Perhaps this was just as well, given the tumultuous court politics of his day.

Boggodo wears a winter chaofu, the court's formal attire, and the three-eyed peacock feather adorning his hat signifies high imperial favor. The emperor could award members of the court the right to wear a peacock feather with one, two, or three eyes, with three being the most prestigious.

Published References
  • Jan Stuart, Evelyn S. Rawski. Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits. Exh. cat. Washington and Stanford. p. 54, fig. 2.2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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