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Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*
Chinese Procession*

Image credit: Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Archive and Museum Service)

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This sculpture of 14 small silver figures mounted on a wooden plinth shows a Chinese procession carrying a person in a sedan chair. From a translation of the inscriptions in Chinese on the flags and banners, the banner nearest the sedan chair says 'Hanlin or Imperial Academy'. This identifies the scene as a procession for a high official from that institution. The two flags at the front say 'qingdao', which means to make way for the passage of royalty or a VIP. The academy was an academic institution founded in eighth-century Tang China by Emperor Xuanzong in Chang'an and lasted until 1911. Membership was confined to an elite group of scholars whose duties were to decide on the interpretation of the Chinese classics to form the basis of imperial examinations.

Bruce Castle Museum

London

Title

Chinese Procession*

Date

late 19th C–early 20th C

Medium

silver

Measurements

H 4.2 x W 15.5 x D 3 cm;
Plinth: H 2.8 x W 17 x D 3.5 cm

Accession number

LDBCM:2011.2021

Acquisition method

gift, c.1930

Work type

Sculpture

Inscription description

On the two flags at the front, inscribed on the banner nearest the sedan chair: '清道' (qingdao) which means to get rid of people for passage of royalty or VIP and '翰林院' (Hànlín Yuàn) meaning Hanlin Academy or Imperial Academy

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