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Peacock and Hollyhocks
Flowers and Birds
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Red Lotus and Fish
Red Lotus and Fish
Landscape After Gao Kegong
Landscape After Gao Kegong
Portrait of Qianlong Emperor As a Young Man
Portrait of Qianlong Emperor As a Young Man
Ten Kings of Hell
Ten Kings of Hell
Guanyin as the Nine-Lotus Bodhisattva
Guanyin as the Nine-Lotus Bodhisattva
Birthday Portrait of a Young Manchu Lady
Birthday Portrait of a Young Manchu Lady
Palace Banquet
Palace Banquet
Peacock with Flowers and Fantastic Rocks
Peacock with Flowers and Fantastic Rocks
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The Art of the Hanging Scroll

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In China, the hanging scroll is an early tradition dating back to the development of silk during the Han Dynasty from 206 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Generally, a hanging scroll displays a painting or calligraphy on silk or paper and is rolled up most of the time, expanded and hung only during special events and ceremonies. The materials are delicate and would fade if the scrolls were on constant display, making their moments of exhibition all the more special. In contrast to western paintings, which are viewed from a bit of a distance, hanging scrolls’ minute details are examined close up and read like a narrative. Some scrolls only display poetry and verses, some have images alone, and others are comprised of both image and poetry.

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Peacock and Hollyhocks
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Flowers and Birds
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Red Lotus and Fish
Red Lotus and Fish
Landscape After Gao Kegong
Landscape After Gao Kegong
Portrait of Qianlong Emperor As a Young Man
Portrait of Qianlong Emperor As a Young Man
Ten Kings of Hell
Ten Kings of Hell
Guanyin as the Nine-Lotus Bodhisattva
Guanyin as the Nine-Lotus Bodhisattva
Birthday Portrait of a Young Manchu Lady
Birthday Portrait of a Young Manchu Lady
Palace Banquet
Palace Banquet
Peacock with Flowers and Fantastic Rocks
Peacock with Flowers and Fantastic Rocks