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Chinese Arms and Armour album

Title
[A series of twenty large watercolours of Chinese military uniforms, banners and regalia].
Publication date
[c1820].
Price
SOLD
Reference
14153

Description

Folio, twenty watercolours on pith paper (410 by 320mm).

Notes

A fine set of unusual paintings portraying a selection of eighteenth century military paraphernalia and equipment. These include swords, pole arms, flails, bows, arrows, a cannon, firearms, quivers, a powderhorn, ramrods, barrels of shot and gunpowder, brightly coloured standards, a drum, a screen, uniforms, helmets and hats including a regional commander's helmet (zongbing kui). The tiger is used as auspicious imagery in the equipment of the day.

Bibliography

Floyd Sully Collection, 'All Under Heaven', 33.