Emperor Guan, 1700 — Qing Dynasty, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emperor Guan

Qing Dynasty


We don’t know the artist who created this vivid, otherworldly portrait, but we know 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 faithfullness, honored by the Manchu rulers in shrines throughout China. 

Submitted by Reed Engermetmuseum.org
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