Collection

Scroll

unknown

  • Scroll 2
  • Scroll 3
Basic information
ID
Рз-136/4
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 bottom of the scroll shows a group of four travellers. The attention of the three men dressed in expensive clothes and traditional headdresses is fixed on the guide, the patron of pilgrims, Xuanzang, who, in addition to his wand, holds a Shan fan to ward off evil spirits on the way to his destination. The travellers are gazed upon by a young nobleman gracefully flying on a crane. This is the Yellow Emperor or Huangdi, the progenitor of the Chinese and creator of all the benefits of civilization. The famous figure appears wearing an ancient Chinese crown on his head, yellow robes over which is an imperial breast ornament (the crown and breast ornament are embroidered with golden threads), and a musical instrument, "sheng", in his hand. The Chinese depicted their immortals with musical instruments, as amusement and entertainment in the Daoist paradise is a constant activity, especially during feasts and peach festivals of the mistress of paradise Si Wan Mu. 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.