Hanging scroll of a beauty with glassware - 2020.49.2


Hanging scroll of a beauty with glassware

Medium:ink and colors on silk, mounted as a hanging scroll
Geography: China
Date: 18th Century
Period: Qing Dynasty
Ht. 191 x Wt. 64.5 cm. (75.2 x 25.4 in.)
Object number: 2020.49.2
Credit Line: Generously supported by the R.H. Ellsworth Fund
Not on view

A seated woman in imagined European dress is wearing layers of clothing in red, white, light brown, and gray. A deep blue sash is tied around her waist.  Her hair is piled up on her head and tied with blue fabric to keep the bun in place. The lower part of her curly hair cascades over her shoulders.  Around her neckline and sleeve ends there is white fabric with pronounced folds. Her right hand is partly inside the rim of a large glass bowl with diagonal ribbing, which is not a Chinese object. Visible at the bottom of the bowl are various fruits and vegetables.

Behind the seated woman is a tree with a narrow trunk and red leaves, while in the foreground there is a wooden fence with white morning glory flowers. This setting appears like a typical Chinese garden.

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