27 November 2013
AN IMPERIAL EDICT
SHUNZHI PERIOD, DATED TO 1661 AND OF THE PERIOD
The edict is written on silk brocade woven with a pattern of scattered ruyi-clouds mounted as a handscroll, with 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 opens with a four-character title in a vertical line, Fengtian Gaoming, 'By Command of Heaven', flanked by a pair of dragons, followed by a long text ending with the date 18th year of the Shunzhi period, corresponding to 1661. Stamped with two large seal impressions, the edict continues with the Manchu text.
79 x 11 1/2 in. (201 x 29.5 cm.), mounted, Japanese wood box
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