Collection

Scroll

unknown

  • Scroll 2
  • Scroll 3
Basic information
ID
Рз-136/3
Author
unknown
Name
Scroll
Date of creation
19th c.
Technique
embroidery watercolor
Material
silk paper Indian ink watercolor on silk
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
225 x 43.5
Information about author
Author
unknown
Object description
The scroll shows two staid men and an elderly woman near a palace in the midst of mountains and trees. Each of the men is wearing ceremonial robes and a headdress covering a bundle of hair. One of them holds a long bamboo stick in his hand, probably a clapper (the crackling sound of the bamboo fires off evil spirits and brings good luck). Another respected figure holding a pumpkin-shaped vessel for the nectar of immortality is the legendary archer Hou Yi, while nearby is his wife Chang'e, the Chinese moon goddess with a cap on her head, though women in China usually wore no headdresses. The goddess' mascot is a white rabbit, sculpted to adorn the top of her long stick, to which is attached a pumpkin bottle - a symbol of family ties. The scroll is part of a set of 11 vertical scrolls that compose a single work depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, namely the journey of the Daoist Immortals to Xi Wang Mu.