Emperor Guan

Qing Dynasty, 1700
Emperor Guan, Qing Dynasty
Emperor Guan, zoomed in
173 cmEmperor Guan scale comparison92.6 cm

Emperor Guan is a Qing Dynasty Ink, Silk and Gold Leaf Drawing created in 1700. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Clouds and Emperors. SourceDownloadSee Emperor Guan in the Kaleidoscope

We don’t know who created this vivid, otherworldly portrait, but its subject is Guan Yu, descending from heaven. Guan was a Han dynasty warrior who died in 219 CE, and was posthumously elevated to the status of Emperor. Guan became a venerated symbol of courage and faithfulness, honored by the Manchu rulers in shrines throughout China.

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