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Emperor Guan

Qing Dynasty, 1700

Emperor Guan, 1700 — 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 Enger

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