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: Portrait of Boggodo, Prince Zhuang (1650-1723)

Portrait of Boggodo, Prince Zhuang (1650-1723)

Type
Hanging scroll
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Medium
Ink and colors on silk
Dimension(s)
373.5 x 207.0 cm
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
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.

Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
China, dragon, flower, portrait, prince, Pritzlaff collection, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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