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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a rare life-sized finger painting of a hermit's portrait attributed to Gao Qipei. The original painting of the well-known Chinese painter belongs to an American private collection. This piece was made by one of his followers. The inscription above the painting is signed Tiebi Li Jietong. There are two seals: Li Jietong and Tieqiao.

History of the Object
Every Chinese painting is in fact a paraphrase. It is copied by the follower out of respect for his master, the heights of whose technical skills he is endeavoring to reach. Therefore, every painting goes back to one single forbearer. In this case, we only named the immediate predecessor in the lineage.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink on paper 
Measurements
Width 72.5 cm Height 135 cm  
Creator name
Follower of Gao Qibei 
Creator date
(1660–1734) 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
Originally a hanging scroll, it is now framed. Hanging scrolls were put on the walls of Chinese houses on festive occasions. This particular finger painting might have been observed by Chinese scholars when they gathered at a party and talked about paintings and poems. Paintings were laid on the table for examination or a servant would hold them while members of the party looked at them. 
Acquisition
It was purchased by Zoltán Felvinczi Takács, first director of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, from the antiquarian Edgar Worch (1880–1972) in Berlin in the late 1920s or early 1930s. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hungarian State; property management by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; in the Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Museum
Virtual Museum of the Chinese masterpieces 
Credit line
Description by Györgyi Fajcsák, Sinologist, Director-in-charge of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 

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