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Procession of a Successful Candidate in the Civil Service Examinations

Photo credit: Horniman Museum and Gardens

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This painting is by an unknown artist from China. A painting on silk depicting a procession of a successful candidate in the civil service examinations. At the back, towards the upper right corner, is a young woman, probably his bride-to-be, dressed in a red coat with blue collar, sitting in a sedan chair carried by four men. In front is another more ornate red and green sedan chair with dragon motifs and a butterfly fixed to each corner of the roof.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill


late 19th C


pigment on silk


H 46 x W 70.5 cm

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gift, 1996

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