The Night Revels of Han Xizai

Full Title: 
韓熙載夜宴圖; The Nightly Amusements of Han Xizai ; The Night Revels of Han Xizai
Culture: 
Materials: 
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: 
28.7 cm (height) x 335.5 cm (length)
Notes: 
The figure of Han Xizai, a scholar-official of the Southern Tang state, is seen repeated several times along the length of this handscroll. Presumably set in the statesman’s home, this painting is a rare glimpse into the interior setting of an artistocratic residence. Depicting activities of entertainment, this painting is purported to be a visual record of the excess and debauchery that transpired in Han Xizai’s home. Song mythology tells us that, at the request of the emperor, two painters were dispatched to secretly observe Han Xizai and not only bear witness to the rumored night revels, but produce a record of the scene therein. [See: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), 110.]
Description Source: 
Three Thousan Years of Chinese Painting (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 357