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The Battle at Qurman
A 4577
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This painting was commissioned by the Qianlong emperor to celebrate the 1759 victory over the Dsungar Empire at Qurman in the Tarim basin. It depicts a crucial moment in this battle: In the middle of the painting, the Manchu troops are depicted attacking from the left side, and meeting the united Dsungar and Kirgiz troops. On the right side, Dsungars and Kirgiz begin to turn around and take flight. The battle at Qurman was an important event in Chinese history, enabling the Chinese empire to establish their rule over Eastern Turkestan, or Xinjiang, as it was called afterwards. The unknown court painter did not only give utmost care to each detail, but also succeeded in arranging a huge number of warriors in a structured, easy-to-understand way. This structure is still visible despite the fact that, for unknown reasons, a part on the right side of the painting is now missing. Although vocational painting was not appreciated in China in the same way as the ink paintings of literati, the Qianlong emperor himself graced this hanging scroll with his calligraphy, to be seen in the upper left corner. The Details show a) the Commander of the Manchu Troops, General Ma Chang, beside his dead Horse. b) Three Kirgiz riders c) The background mountains with the Qianlong inscription.

History of the Object
Painted in 1760. Together with other battle paintings and portraits of military leaders, it was to be shown in the “hall of purple light” (ziguang ge) in the forbidden city. This hall commemorated recent battles that had increased the Chinese empire to its largest extension ever in history. The painting was executed in an extraordinary large format, because it was meant to serve as a prestudy for a copper etching. It was later sent to Paris where the etching was made. Further history of the painting is as yet unknown.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Colours on Silk 
Measurements
Width 366 cm Height 388 cm  
Creator name
anonymous court painter 
Creator date
18th C 
Where it was made
China, Beijing 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1760 
Function
Military painting, battle painting. 
Acquisition
The painting was acquired in 1904 from a Hamburg dealer, Justus Beyer. 
Copyright
Saal/Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Museum
Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Inv.-Nr. A 4577 

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