Early Ming dynasty / Portrait of Confucius / late 14th centuryEarly Ming dynasty
Portrait of Confucius
late 14th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: painter
Creator Name-CRT: Early Ming dynasty
Title: Portrait of Confucius
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1366
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: late 14th century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: ink and colors on silk, hanging scroll
Dimensions: H.115 x W.27-1/2 in. (image)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.65.1
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

This large depiction of Confucius, one of the great cultural heros of Chinese history, was most likely used in a temple or at an altar dedicated to his system of thought.

Confucius was born at Ch'u-fu (Shantung Province) their capital of the state of Lu in 551 b.c. After spending much of his life travelling from state to state seeking a ruler who would adopt his principles of government, he returned to Ch'u-fu and spent many years teaching disciples until his death in 479 b.c. A great political and social thinker, his ideas, writings and moral precepts were codified and provided a basis to Chinese governmental and societal organizations for over 2000 years.

AMICA ID: MIA_.98.65.1
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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