Chinese Mandarin in Ceremonial Attire
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The half face figure of a mandarin is depicted with a turn of three quarters to the left. The mandarin wears a long blue shirt decorated with embroidery and a "ma-gua" robe with a rectangular embroidery depicting a bird and a dragon. An embroidered wide shoulder collar is dressed over the robe. The man wears a traditional hat with a peacock feather attached to the back of the headgear. The etching comes from the album "Chinese Customs and National Costumes", which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German; some of them are written in French. In the eighteenth century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created such paintings for Europeans seeking to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner there is a calligraphic inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin.Ch1" made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley.London.Sculpt №1".