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Mandarin Official First rank

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by blaster, May 17, 2008.

  1. blaster Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi All,

    since I am on a roll (just figured out how to post better shots), here's a Qing Dynasty official of the first rank. He wears a surcoat over his dragon robe. On the surcoat can be seen a Mandarin square depicting a crane facing a red sun. thus he represents a civilian official who displays birds on these squares (military official displays animals).

    I am trying to depict the squalid conditions of Peking around that time. The barber has set up shop next to a monument and the curious bystander is a palanquin bearer (note his filthy robe). As the Mandarin Official is a cheapskate, he is having his ears pierced by a roadside barber. On the close-up, note the peacock feather on his mandarin summer hat. In his hand, the Mandarin official is grasping a long pipe on which dangles his purse, encouraging the barber to do a good job.


    Rgds Victor

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  2. y_wong New Member

    Hi Victor,

    A very well done piece. Keep up the good work. Hope to see more of your work.

    regards
  3. diosytexas Member

    Country:
    England
    hi victor. love it.well done. dave.
  4. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Victor,

    Another lovely vignette. I like the extra details you've added. It really helps to have you explain some of the more obscure cultural and historical details too. I would never have spotted the purse or the peacock feather otherwise.

    Cheers
  5. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great vignette.
  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
  7. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Great work

    Marc
  8. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Victor,
    Great vignette and thanks also for the explaination. Enlightening.
    Cheers
    John
  9. blaster Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
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    Hi all,

    thanks for your kind comments. Rgds Victor
  10. dinovision79 Active Member

    Country:
    Hungary
    Hi Victor,

    great idea and execution, a pity that this colorful era is somewhat neglected.

    Thanks
    Denes
  11. blaster Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Reply to Denes

    Hi Denes,

    Everything outside of Waffen SS and Napoleonics is neglected...:)

    Rgds Victor

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