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2004.19.1.1.52 - Album Leaf from Illustrations of Costumes from the Qianlong Court

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Object Typealbum leaf Artistunknown Date Madeca. 1759

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Object Typealbum leaf Artistunknown Date Madeca. 1759
Accession Number 2004.19.1.1.52 Title Album Leaf from Illustrations of Costumes from the Qianlong Court Category albums Object Type album leaf Artist unknown Date Made ca. 1759 Place Made China Culture Chinese Period Qing 18th century Materials ink; silk; paper Measurements sheet: 42.1 cm x 40.8 cm; image: 33.9 cm x 32.1 cm Description
This album leaf is part of a section of the illustrations of costumes from the Qianlong court, Huangchao liqi tushi (“The Regulations for the Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the [Qing] Dynasty”). In total there are 34…
This album leaf is part of a section of the illustrations of costumes from the Qianlong court, Huangchao liqi tushi (“The Regulations for the Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the [Qing] Dynasty”). In total there are 34 folios that depict costumes appropriate for the Empress Dowager or Empress to wear at the imperial court along with short descriptive captions. This is the left leaf of one folio (attached to 2004.19.1.53) and it contains eleven columns of regular script calligraphy describing the regulations for earrings, which are illustrated on the attached right leaf.
Inscriptions and Colophons
皇太后 皇后耳飾 謹按 本朝定制 皇太后 皇后耳飾 左右各三 每具金龍銜一等東珠各二 皇貴妃 貴妃 妃 嬪皆同 其東珠 皇貴妃 貴妃 以二等 妃以三等 嬪以四等…
皇太后 皇后耳飾 謹按 本朝定制 皇太后 皇后耳飾 左右各三 每具金龍銜一等東珠各二 皇貴妃 貴妃 妃 嬪皆同 其東珠 皇貴妃 貴妃 以二等 妃以三等 嬪以四等 皇太子妃亦同 珠以二等

Translation of the Chinese text: "Drop earring ershi for the Empress Dowager and Empress/In accordance with the decree of the present dynasty: The drop earrings of the Empress Dowager and the Empress are to be three to each ear. Each earring consists of two first class of the east pearls held in the mouth of a golden dragon. The first-rank imperial consort, the imperial consort, the ordinary imperial concubines and ladies in waiting all have the same design. [The types of east pearls are used as follows]: the imperial consorts have second-class pearls, the concubines the third, and the nobility the fourth. The earrings used for the consort of the imperial heir apparent are the same, with pearls of the second class.

(Translated and transcribed by Lisa Claypool, Ed., China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft, Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Museums, 2012, p. 103; Modified by Isabel Pi-fen Chueh)

On the reverse of the piece "(16)" is handwritten in pencil on the upper right corner.

Credit Line Gift of Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart

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"2004.19.1.1.52 - Album Leaf from Illustrations of Costumes from the Qianlong Court, Mactaggart Art Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/21-20261. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.


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Author Vollmer, John and Jacqueline Simcox
Title Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection
Publication Date 2009