Qingming Festival Concertina Book Along River
AGE: – Copy Circa Early 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Parchment and silk
LENGTH: – 440cm
HEIGHT: – 20cm
WIDTH: – 28cm
WEIGHT: – 250gms
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The scenes depicted in Qingming Festival Concertina Book Along River are divided into three parts, a rural scene, a city scene, and the famous scene showing the Rainbow Bridge, the focus of this more than four-metre-long book.
The Chinese “Qing Ming Shang He To” title is a hard-covered concertina-style copy of the famous Song Dynasty painting attributed to the painter Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145). Zhang Zeduan served in the imperial court as a professional artist.
This copy was likely printed in the early 20th Century. The tan-coloured silk in this book is adhered to parchment and comprises nineteen pages, excluding covers. Chinese calligraphy and red seal marks are on the inside of both covers. Covers are covered in a green coloured brocade faded with age. Chinese calligraphy on the top of each internal page could be commentary or poems.