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Painting

Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and ink on western paper

  • Museum number:

    9290:2

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is from a set of 11 depicting women playing different kinds of Chinese musical instruments. Here a maid holds an incense burner while her seated mistress is playing the zither. The instrument has a flat base, 30 to 40 strings and is placed horizontally.

Artists in Canton (Guangzhou), in southern China, made such paintings for Europeans eager to find out more about China and its people. In the 18th century Canton became the principal, and later the only, trading port at which Europeans were permitted to buy Chinese goods.

Physical description

This painting is from a set of 11 depicting women playing different kinds of Chinese musical instruments. The seated woman is playing the zither, while her maid holds an incense burner. Artists in Canton made such paintings for Europeans eager to find out more about China and her people.

Place of Origin

Guangzhou (made)

Date

1800-1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and ink on western paper

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 34 cm

Descriptive line

Zither; Pap, China, paintings and drawings

Subjects depicted

Musical instruments

Categories

Paintings

Collection

East Asia Collection

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