The Thirteen Emperors

Full Title: 
帝王圖卷; The Thirteen Emperors
Culture: 
Style/Period: 
Materials: 
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: 
51.3 cm (height) x 531 cm (length)
Notes: 
This scroll represents thirteen ancient Chinese emperors beginning from the Emperor of Zhao (r.86-74 BCE), the sixth emperor of the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-8 CE), to the Emperor of Yang (569 CE-618 CE), the second and the last but one emperor of Sui dynasty (581 CE-618 CE). The emperors are arranged generally chronologically from right to left except the 7th, 8th and 9th emperors. The sequence may have been changed in later remounting of the scroll.
Repository Accession Number: 
31.643
Rights: 
Denman Waldo Ross Collection
Description Source: 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; http://www.mfa.org/
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 360