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Hanging Scrolls - Shanghai Museum
People's Square, Shanghai, China
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Hanging Scroll

A hanging scroll is one of the many traditional ways to display and exhibit Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Hanging scrolls are generally intended to be displayed for short periods of time and are then rolled up to be tied and secured for storage. The hanging scrolls get rotated according to season or occasion, as such works are never intended to be on permanent display.

The painting surface of the paper or silk can be mounted with decorative brocade silk borders. In the composition of a hanging scroll, the foreground is usually at the bottom of the scroll while the middle and far distances are at the middle and top respectively.

... silk banners and hanging scroll paintings were found in the tombs at Mawangdui dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).

- Wikipedia  (online Jan. 2014)
Portrait of Confucius
By Huang Shen

Note descritive sign on right, reproduced below:

Three Details:

"[IN GENERAL:]  Four hanging scrolls: These hanging scrolls were developed from screen paintings. It features several narrow and long hanging scrolls and is usually hung next to each other on a wall, but can also be hung on its own. The subjects have related themes, such as the flowers of the four seasons, the Four Gentlemen (orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, plum blossom), the Four Beauties (ladies renowned for their beauty)."  - Wikipedia  (online Jan. 2014)

Scroll #1
Lighting conditions for photographing the scrolls were difficult. Streaks of light on the photos result from light reflections.

Scroll #2
Two details below:

Scroll #2 - First Detail

Scroll #2 - Second Detail

Scroll #3
2 details below:

Scroll #3 - First Detail

Scroll #3 - Second Detail

Scroll #4 proved too difficult to photograph.

Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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