AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT IMPERIAL COURT PAINTING OF THE BANNERMAN CEMCUKJAB
ATTRIBUTED TO AI QIMENG (IGNAZ SICHELBART) (1708-1780) AND JIN TINGBIAO (FL. 1757-1767)
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, DATED TO 1760
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
portraying the commanding officer of the northern borders of the Qing empire, with a distinguished war-weathered face, donning a fur-lined hat marked by a red glass bead and a peacock feather with a single-eyed plume, danyan hualing, dressed in a beige striped robe over black silk boots with white soles, his left hand resting atop the right hand at his waist, his belt securing his ceremonial sword concealed in a green shagreen sheath, his buffalo horn bow slung over his back along with a quiver of arrows with two types of fletching, all below a eulogy with several lines of text written on the right side in Chinese in kaishu (standard script) and in Manchu on the left, with one seal of the Qianlong Emperor, Qianlong Yulan Zhi bao
Height 60 3/8 in.,151.5 cm; Width 37 3/8 in., 95 cm
Acquired by Sergeant-Major Wuensch in Beijing, 1901-1905.
Die Bilder für die Halle des Purpurglanzes: Chinesische Offiziersporträts und Schlachtenkupfer der Ära Qianlong (1736-1795), Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, 2003, cat. no. 4.
Charles R. Bawden, 'The Mongolian rebellion of 1756-1757'. Journal of Asian History 2. 1968, pp. 1–31.
Hartmut Walravens, 'New material on the portraits of meritorious officers of the Qianlong campaigns', Historical and Linguistic Interaction Between Inner-Asia and Europe, Szeged, Hungary, 1997 (Studia uralo-altaica 39), pp. 401–423.
Nie Chongzheng, Tan Ziguangge Gongchuan Xiang ['A discussion about the meritorious officers paintings of Ziguangge' (Hall of Purple Splendor)], Beijing, Zijincheng, 156.2008, pp. 138–169, esp. 151–152.