The subject of a Manchu court lady dressed in the unofficial Manchu changfu robe with the eight medallion design, seated playing a qin, evokes culture, taste, refinement and scholarly accomplishment - all the characteristics male scholars would also strive to possess. She is juxtaposed with a small boy holding a peony. In addition to being an accomplished great beauty, she is also a mother of a son - her greatest achievement.
Imperial School paintings of culturally sophisticated courtesan can be seen in Twelve Beauties at Leisure Painted for Prince Yinzhen, the Future Yongzheng Emperor, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in China: The Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Art, London, 2005, cat. no. 173.
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