Portrait of Chunying, Prince Rui (1761 – 1800)

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Jiaqing reign, 1796
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 121.7 x 72.8 cm (47 15/16 x 28 11/16 in) H x W (overall): 282 x 107.5 cm (111 x 42 5/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1991.83
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
China, Jiaqing reign (1796 - 1820), portrait, prince, Pritzlaff collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

A three-quarter length pose signals that this is an informal portrait of Chunying. The inscriptions added by contemporaries reveal that the portrait was probably commissioned during the sitter's lifetime to share with his friends and colleagues. The prince's yellow jacket (magua) could only be worn with imperial permission; the three-eyed peacock feather in his hat similarly attests to high honor. The Buddhist rosary in Prince Rui's hands perhaps alludes to a spiritual aspect of his life.


Published References
  • Jan Stuart, Evelyn S. Rawski. Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits. Exh. cat. Washington and Stanford. p. 147, fig. 6.2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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