Rise-in-Rank Military Door Guard

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    The warrior in this right-hand print of a pair depicting flamboyantly dressed military men has a soft face with slanted eyes. He holds aloft a basin in which is a sculpture of Kuixing, a god of literature. Kuixing has a complicated iconography.1 Here he is an emaciated blue demon holding a book and a rice measure beneath a branch of three citrons (sanyuan). Kuixing is associated with success in the imperial civil-service examinations, underscored by the symbolism of the three citrons, a visual pun expressing wishes that the candidate would achieve top ranking (yuan) in all three (san) levels of exams (sanyuan). This would bring fame and wealth to his family. As with the left-hand print of this pair, it is unusual for a military figure to hold auspicious images. The similar colour scheme and brushwork are consistent with Suzhou prints,3 and the exceptional precision in the rendering of intricate designs is similarly notable. The lower part of the print was cropped here as well.

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    Details: Rise-in-Rank Military Door Guard, woodblock print on paper, Qing dynasty, 18th century, Suzhou, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum

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