Autumn Exhibition 2019

4. Christian Print
China. Prior to 1884.
49 x 25'' (125 x 63 cm)

An ink and colour print on paper of a
crucifixion scene based on European
imagery. The European bearded man on
the left wears a jijin on his head,
and Catholic Church vestments. The
jijin was the headdress for high-
ranking Catholic officials in 19th to
early 20th century China. The figure
on the right is the Ming period
Chinese scholar, Paul Xu, who
converted to Catholicism, and was a
friend of Matteo Ricci.
Chinese texts: The four large
characters at the top can be
translated as: Shizi chongdong
(Blessings of the Cross). Shizi also
means “ten characters,” and refers to
the 10 character in the rectangular
cartouches that appear on the left and
right borders of the print.
Condition: excellent, framed behind
glass, the colours are unfaded.
Origin: Shanghai, China, the print
workshop of the Tushanwan Orphanage,
founded by Jesuit missionaries in

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