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Album Leaf from The Grand Wedding of the Guangxu Emperor (Guangxu dahun tu)

Qingkuan (surname Zhao, 1848–1927) and other paintersQing dynasty

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum
Beijing, China

The grand wedding of the Guangxu Emperor (r. 1875–1908) was held near the end of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Due to the artistic efforts of the Imperial Household Department’s vice-director Qingkuan (surname Zhao, 1848–1927) and other painters, the opulence of the wedding ceremonies was realistically depicted in the album The Grand Wedding of the Guangxu Emperor (Guangxu dahun tu), in which the nuptials held in the outer court are shown with brilliant colors in vivid detail. This album comprises a wealth of resources for research into the imperial wedding ceremonies of the Qing dynasty. The paintings afford an unrivaled view of the Forbidden City’s primary architecture as decorated with lanterns and other ornamentation for the Guangxu Emperor’s wedding.
This album leaf depicts one scene from the ceremonial procedures known as "bestowing the title of Empress on the bride" (celi li), when the Phoenix Palanquin (Feng yu) of the empress carried by sixteen men is led by the principal and assistant envoys leaving the Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihe men) towards the bride's family residence.

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  • Title: Album Leaf from The Grand Wedding of the Guangxu Emperor (Guangxu dahun tu)
  • Creator: Qingkuan (surname Zhao, 1848–1927) and other painters
  • Date Created: Qing dynasty, 1889

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