Collection

Cotton Cleaner

Pu-Qua

  • Cotton Cleaner 2
Basic information
ID
Г-IV-5531/33
Author
Pu-Qua
Name
Cotton Cleaner
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
The image of a man depicted in profile is turned to the right. The man in a blue shirt and the gray short pants stands barefoot at the square table with the cotton on it. The man's head is shaved and twined around with a thin braid. A curved bar is tied to the man's waist along the back. A spinning comb is attached to the other end of the bar with a rope. The man holds a spindle in his left hand. 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 "33" in the upper right corner.