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Portrait of a Manchu Lady

Mangguli, Chinese (Manchu), 1672 - 1736

Made in China, Asia

Early 18th century

Ink and color on silk; originally mounted as a hanging scroll

5 feet 6 1/2 inches x 43 3/4 inches (168.9 x 111.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. W. James Anderson, Mrs. Samuel Bell, Jr., Mrs. Richard Drayton, and Charles T. Ludington, Jr., in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend Ludington, 1970

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Depicted in the privacy of her boudoir, this elegant Manchu lady is surrounded by rich furnishings and accoutrements that suggest she is affluent and cultured. Flowers and incense perfume the air, as do the sweet-smelling Buddha-hand citrons (within the bowl on the cushion) that symbolize blessings, wealth, and longevity.