Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912) - Double Happiness - Anthony Van Lam

Anthony Van Lam

Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912) - Double Happiness

40 x 37 cmWatercolour on CanvasSoldThis is a royal wedding painting from the Qing Dynasty in blue! Blue is a primary colour across all models of colour space. The colour of the ocean and the sky; it often symbolizes serenity, stability, wisdom or inspiration. It can be calming and represent reliability.

Both bride and groom are heavily adorned with embroidery and beading of the Dragon and the Phoenix - two of the most powerful symbols of success and prosperity in Chinese mythology. In Feng Shui, they are considered to be the ultimate symbols of love and marital joy. Dragon is the 'yin', phoenix the 'yang', a perfect balance for a successful married life. The Bride is wearing the Liangbatou (Lian-barh-to), a hairstyle/headdress worn by Manchu women. It was used as imperial propaganda to show support for the Qing Dynasty and strengthen Manchu ties. The Groom has a cue hairstyle.