Ch?ing dynasty / Imperial Portrait of Prince Duo Lo / about 1775Ch?ing dynasty
Imperial Portrait of Prince Duo Lo
about 1775

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: painter
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Ch?ing dynasty
Title: Imperial Portrait of Prince Duo Lo
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1773
Creation End Date: 1777
Creation Date: about 1775
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Portrait
Materials and Techniques: ink, colors, and gold on silk
Dimensions: H.117 x W.75 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 83.30
Credit Line: Gift of Louis W. Hill, David Bradford, Myron Kunin, and Bruce Dayton

This life-sized portrait of Duo-lo was probably painted on the occasion of the prince's 60th year. That age denoted a full cycle to the Chinese, and to reach it was particularly auspicious. Duo-lo was a second-rank prince and a member of one of the eight great Manchurian families who acted as retainers to the Ch'ing court. He is shown clad in his symbolic dragon gown, formally seated on a red lacquer throne in front of an imperial nine-dragon screen. Virtually every element in this painting symbolically represents Prince Duo-lo's position within the Imperial hierarchy of the Chinese court. Portraits of this scale, painted in exceptional detail with the finest mineral pigments on the most expensive silk, typically were hung in the great halls of the Forbidden City, the Imperial Palace in Peking. The largest group of such portraits remains in the Imperial collection itself, now in Taiwan.

AMICA ID: MIA_.83.30
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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