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TWO IMPERIAL EDICTS XIANFENG, DATED 1852 AND 1861 RESPECTIVELY, AND OF THE PERIOD Each written on silk brocade woven with ruyi-cloud pattern-ground mounted as a handscroll, the text arranged in standard form reading from left to right in Manchu and repeated from right to left in Chinese characters, the Chinese text opening with a four-character title in a vertical line, Fengtian Gaomin, 'By the Command of Heaven', flanked by a pair of dragons, the first with a long text and ending with the date 2nd year of Xianfeng, corresponding to 1852, stamped with a seal impression beside its Manchu transliteration within a square, continuing with further Manchu text, the other dated to 11th year of Xianfeng, 1861 66 3/4 x 12 5/8 in. (169.5 x 32 cm.) 71 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (182 x 30.2 cm.) (2)

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The first edict proclaims the promotion for He Daoning's parents whilst the second promotes the parents of Guo Qingling.

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