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Yuan Stone Panel - H.519
Origin: China
Circa: 1271 AD to 1368 AD
Dimensions: 23.5" (59.7cm) high
Catalogue: V17
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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This stone panel depicts a scene at the "Glorious Pavilion", the inscription located at the center of the panel. A warrior, stylistically portrayed with an elongated neck, angular face and stocky body, is walking as if he is patrolling the pavilion grounds. He rests a sword-like weapon on a layered cape covering his shoulders, which touches the tips of his intricately feathered headdress. Back leg cocked and front leg forward, he seems to convey a sense of movement. His profile is dramatic, drawing attention to his exquisite forehead and nose and long neck. Behind him stands a woman poised in royal finery. Her exaggerated posture emphasizes her beautiful shape and the attractive shawl tied around her hip. She wears a high mid-riff protective garment decorated with various motifs and patterns, boots and a intricate headdress. A second layering of clothing hangs outs of this outer layer as she grasps an two-pronged object in her hand. The warrior and woman are separated by a pillar with a young deer licking its coat at the base. The pillar supports the pavilion which looms above the heads of the two figures. Four rotund foundations dangle in the empty space occupied by the figures, seeming to delineate a spatial boundary between them and the pavilion. Luscious trees in bloom arch over the roof as the stele pierces through the treetops maintaining the symmetric balance of the structure. - (H.519)

 

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