- Balance Master
- Date of creation
- late 17th – early 18th c.
- Far East
- etching watercolor embossing
- Indian ink paper
- Dimensions (height x width, cm)
- 29.3 x 24.4
- album sheet
- genre art
- Purchased from a private individual
- Zolochiv Castle (Chinese Palace)
Information about author
The man is depicted full face. He is wearing brown trousers and a blue shirt girded with a belt. The man's right arm and shoulder are unclothed. The man is wearing light gray quilted fabric boots and black fabric shoes. His head is shaved. The man is balancing on his right leg, holding a blue ceramic object with a yellow ornament in his raised right hand. The man's left leg is bent at the knee and lifted up. 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'' made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner, there is an inscription "Dadley.London.Sculpt". There is a number "40" in the upper right corner.