Unidentified Artist / Portrait of Bi Shichang, from the set Five Old Men of Suiyang / before 1056Unidentified Artist
Portrait of Bi Shichang, from the set Five Old Men of Suiyang
before 1056

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China 11th century
Creator Name-CRT: Unidentified Artist
Title: Portrait of Bi Shichang, from the set Five Old Men of Suiyang
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1054
Creation End Date: 1056
Creation Date: before 1056
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 12 5/8 in. (40 x 32.1 cm)
Inscriptions: Inscribed: "Bi Shichang, retired President of the Board of Revenue, ninety-four years of age"

This portrait is one of a set that commemorates a gathering of five retired gentlemen at Suiyang, Henan Province . The sensitive delineation of features in contrast to the thick shaded brush lines of the garments reflects the Tang-dynasty conventions of official portraiture and a conservatism appropriate to the subject. Equally formal is the inscription written in regular script?a style also used for stelae and official documents.

Two portraits from this set of five are at the Freer Gallery, Washington, D.C., and two are in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.170.1
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.170.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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