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A Rare and Magnificent Chinese Monumental Theatrical Diorama with Kingfisher Feather Embellishment

Auction Date: September 17, 2021

Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Sold for: $20,400






Lot: 5299

Possibly Late Qing Dynasty.
Constructed on the large front panel of the wedding bed, portray in various levels of raucous stage performance, comprising fourteen weapon-bearing male and female warriors and civil and martial figures, all standing in vivid performing postures with dramatic facial expressions, with the entire composition filled with figures in elaborate theatrical costume. All embellished with carved and gilt trim wood panels, kingfisher feather and embroidered silk blue ground panels, suspended above an official presiding center-stage, the inscription reading Jia Gu Hui ( ), the further notes written in ink and paper reading Xiao Mei Xian ( ), (The theatrical Company at Yang Cheng Zu Lang Men Xiang Li Li, Guangzhou province) on the left-center of Arch, inscribed the makers mark reading Yuan Li Chang Zao (Made by Yuan Li Chang).
W 87 x H 87 x D 21 inches (220 x 220 x 53.3 cm).
Condition: Wear commensurate with age. The left wall replaced with three wooden panels instead of the original feather embellishment.
The name of the pla434y is Jiagu Meeting ( ).
It was a well-known alliance during Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC / 403 BC) between the Qilu Kingdom and the Lu Kingdom. Confucius (551 B.C. - 479 B.C., a Chinese philosopher, and politician ) was called the Great Secretary of Saints for his awe-inspiring power and canonical ceremony. After the alliance, the Qi people were impressed by Confucius awe-inspiring righteousness and returned Yun (to the east of Yuncheng in todays Shandong), Yin (now north of Ningyang, Shandong), and Guiyin (yin of Guishan, southeast of Xinwen, Shandong), etc. The land of Wenyang.


Auction Date: September 17, 2021


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