Collection

Serpent Seller

Pu-Qua

  • Serpent Seller 2
Basic information
ID
Г-IV-5531/31
Author
Pu-Qua
Name
Serpent Seller
Date of creation
late 17th – early 18th c.
Country
China
Culture
Far East
Technique
etching watercolor embossing
Material
Indian ink paper
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
29.3 x 24.4
Information about author
Author
Pu-Qua
Artist's lifetime
1494–1552
Biography
Chinese artist
Object description
A man in a long gray robe, quilted light brown pants, and fabric shoes is depicted in profile with a turn to the left. There is a carrying pole on the man’s left shoulder. On the left-hand side of the shoulder pole, there is a wooden bucket with serpents, which is covered with a net. A red label with hieroglyphs is attached to the bucket. On the right-hand side of the shoulder pole, there is a basket containing a gray pear-shaped vessel closed with a red lid and a bag with spices. 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.
Inscriptions
In the lower left corner, there is a calligraphic inscription "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin'' made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner, there is an inscription "Dadley.London.Sculpt". There is a number "31" in the upper right corner.