Zhao Tong (late Qing dynasty) Empress Dowager Cixi
Lot 1146
Zhao Tong (late Qing dynasty)
Empress Dowager Cixi
Sold for HK$ 312,500 (US$ 40,292) inc. premium

Lot Details
Zhao Tong (late Qing dynasty)
Empress Dowager Cixi
Ink and colour on silk, hanging scroll
Inscribed and signed Zhao Tong, with one seal of the artist
108.5cm x 61cm (42¾in x 24in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: formerly in the collection of Dr. Issac Taylor Headland, Hawaii.

    Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) fervently believed in Buddhism. In her late years, she regarded herself as the reincarnated Bodhisattva of Compassion (Guanyin Pusa) and a figure of benevolence to her people. She was addressed as 'The Venerable Buddha' (Lao Foye) both in the Qing court and amongst the civilians. In old age, Empress Dowager Cixi often posed for photographs dressed as the Bodhisattva of Compassion. These pictures were mostly taken between 1902 and 1908 around the time when the Empress Dowager turned 70.

    Zhao Tong was a court painter who served at the Hall of Fulfilled Wishes (Ruyi Guan) in the late Qing dynasty. Very few extant works remain to this day.

    Isaac Taylor Headland (1859-1942) was a professor at Peking University and had lived in China for more than 20 years. He had authored several books on Chinese society and court life from the late Qing dynasty to the early Republican period, notably Court Life in China: The Capital, Its Officials and People, which was published in 1909.

    趙彤 慈禧畫像 設色絹本 立軸

    款識:趙彤敬繪。
    鈐印:內廷供奉

    來源:美國夏威夷 Issac Taylor Headland 博士舊藏

    慈禧篤信佛教,老年時以菩薩自居,自視自己是觀音菩薩轉世、觀世音菩薩在人間的化身。當時清宮和民間都稱慈禧為「老佛爺」。慈禧在老年以後拍過很多裝扮成觀音菩薩樣子的照片,這些照片多數攝於慈禧七十大壽左右,即1902至1908年之間。

    趙彤,生卒年不詳,為清代晚期供奉於如意館的宮廷畫家,傳世作品甚少。

    Isaac Taylor Headland (1859-1942),旅居中國二十餘年,曾任北京匯文書院洋教習,寫過幾本關於清末民初中國社會風情及宮廷生活的書。《Court Life in China: The Capital, Its Officials and People》為其一,出版於1909年。
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