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Heavenly Offical Confers Wealth and Promotion(rank) (Pair with 1989/2.153)

Accession Number

Heavenly Offical Confers Wealth and Promotion(rank)
(Pair with 1989/2.153)


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

20 1/16 in x 11 3/4 in (50.9 cm x 29.9 cm);21 1/4 in x 12 15/16 in (54 cm x 32.8 cm);20 1/16 in x 11 3/4 in (50.9 cm x 29.9 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. Hanna

Subject matter
A scholarly official stands holding a plate with a scultpure on it. The crane on his robe represents longevity and the "double happiness" character on his robe symbolizes good luck. He is holding a plate with an animal sculpture, and above it is a cloud containing an unknown motif. There is a child behind him holding up a light with tassel decorations, and the Chinese characters on it translate to "a climb in official ranks." The clouds in the background symbolize heaven, showing that the main figure is a god.

Physical Description
A human figure is dressed in an elaborate robe featuring a crane in the center and multiple "double happiness" characters. He is holding a small animal sculpture with a cloud above it and he is facing left. There is a child on his right, and the child is holding up a light with tassel decorations which features Chinese characters. The background is green with white cloud patterns.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

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human figures (visual works)
promoting (management function)

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