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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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Generals Who Died for Their Country and Officials of Former Time

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Birthday Portrait of a Young Manchu Lady

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Guanyin as the Nine-Lotus Bodhisattva

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Ten Kings of Hell

Ten Kings of Hell

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Portrait of Qianlong Emperor As a Young Man

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Landscape After Gao Kegong

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