Huang Zhongguan (act. 20th early century) Imperial Consort, After Tang Yin (1935)

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Lot 144
Huang Zhongguan (act. 20th early century)
Imperial Consort, After Tang Yin (1935)

Sold for £ 625 (US$ 833) inc. premium

Asian Art

23 Sep 2015, 10:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Huang Zhongguan (act. 20th early century)
Imperial Consort, After Tang Yin (1935)
Ink and pigment on silk, signed by the artist, one red seal, framed and glazed.
64cm (24 1/4in) x 31.5cm (1 4/8in)

Footnotes

  • The present lot probably depicts 班婕妤 Ban Jieyu (48-6BC), a third-rank consort of the Western Han Emperor Chengdi. Held in history as a model of integrity she once refused to ride in the emperor's palanquin fearing she would distract him from important matters of state. After she failed to produce a male heir she was eventually abandoned for a younger dancing girl and later was accused of witchcraft along with the Empress. Lady Ban was most famous for composing the poem 'Song of Resentment' where she compares herself to a discarded autumn fan. She attained lasting fame through inclusion in the Biographies of Exemplary Women compiled in 18BC by the Confucian scholar Liu Xiang.
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