Famille Rose Porcelain Panel, Republican Period
Depicting Liu Bang, founder and first Emperor of the Han Dynasty, holding his sword and confronting a large sinuous snake in the middle of a field surrounded by rockery and tall grass. Mounted in a wood openwork frame decorated with scrolling vines and blossoms
diameter 11.2" — 28.5 cm.
The scene depicted on this panel is known as the “Uprising of the Slaying of the White Serpent”. According to the legend, after slaying the large snake, Liu Bang encountered an old woman crying by the side of the road. When he approached, she prophesied of a new emperor before mysteriously disappearing and many believed that the prophesy foretold Liu Bang’s destiny as emperor.