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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 paper

  • Museum number:

    D.2254-1885

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is from a set of 24 depicting women playing different kinds of Chinese musical instruments. It shows a woman playing a stringed instrument called a pipa while her companion strikes an unidentified instrument. Artists in Canton (Guangzhou), in southern China, made such paintings for Europeans eager to find out more about China and its people. From the 18th century Canton was 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 24 depicting women playing different kinds of Chinese musical instruments. It shows a woman playing a stringed instrument called the 'pipa', while her companion strikes an unidentified instrument. 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 paper

Dimensions

Height: 45 cm, Width: 34 cm

Descriptive line

Pipa; Pap, China, paintings and drawings

Subjects depicted

Musical instruments

Categories

Paintings

Collection

East Asia Collection

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