Original Title: 唐土諸公像
Pronunciation: kara do sho kozo
MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 8 X 11 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 20 pages of fine early paintings
CONDITION: Original covers with hand written title, contents complete, stains, some loss to lower page corners, generally poor shape, rare.
LANGUAGE
Language: Japanese
ITEM ID: 1047
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Portraits of Chinese Scholars.

PRONUNCIATION: kara do sho kozo
DATE
Decade: 1780s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Original hand-painted Japanese manuscript book of Portraits of Chinese Scholars.

According to Diego M. Santos, “Beautiful. The title of the album reads 唐土諸公像 “Various portraits of high status people of China” (唐土 tōdo “the land of the Tang dynasty” = China).”

Twenty pages of fine early paintings of high ranking officials, some of them were painters, calligraphers, philosophers at the same time. Numbers 2 and 3 may be from the Song Dynasty: Su Shi and Cai Xiang both were eminent calligraphers.

Scholar Yao Ning commented that, “They were all high Chinese ranking officials, some of them were painter, calligraphers, philosophers at the same time. Maybe 2-3 were from the Song Dynasty, Su Shi and Cai Xiang, both were eminent calligraphers! The rest seemed to be from the Ming dynasty 1368-1644. Some are not famous, at least I could not find them on the internet! The accomplished poet, 蘇軾,is on the second photo. They were, following the raw of the portraits you provide: Wang Zeng, Su Shi, Yu Dayou, Yu Qian, Wang Shouren, Fu Bi, Li Tingji, Wen Yanbo, Huang Guangsheng, Zhang Jiayin, Chen Xianzhang, Luo Lun, Cai Qing, Wang Shenzhong, Zeng Gongliang, Cai Xiang, Liu Ji, Hai Rui, Liu Daxia, Xie Jin.

Some of the personalities are quite unknown. These portraits I saw for the first time! Relying on the standard materials I have some portraits like the one of Cai Xiang and some others I did not see before if I remember correctly! But maybe there are new portraits found in China which I am not aware of. Some of the portraits are vividly depicted, with beards and vivid lines! They are wonderful! Thanks for sharing! They are worthy of publishing (should be mounted) since some of the portraits are not available in China any more! Some like the Su Shi one, is based on a Chinese version which is still available.”