East Asian Art
Mandarin in His StudyMade in China, Asia
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 1750-1850
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Ink and color on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll
1929-40-188Purchased with Museum funds from the Simkhovitch Collection, 1929
LabelThe man shown in this picture is a mandarin (civil official), who would have passed a series of difficult, competitive examinations in the Chinese classics in order to attain his position. Shown in his study, a mandarin was versed not only in the duties of his office but also in music, poetry, and the arts of calligraphy and painting.
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