Ancestor Painting, Family Group
Ancestor paintings were an important part of the widespread Chinese practice of ancestor worship. Families would remember and worship their ancestors with offerings placed in front of these paintings. Portraits were painted from front on and usually life size, with the subjects normally seated and wearing robes to show their rank badge. In many cases the portrait would be of a single ancestor, but they could also be of a couple or even of several generations. Original ancestor paintings are now quite rare, so our paintings are reproductions and smaller in size, but are accurate versions of the originals. They are supplied mounted and framed as shown. This one depicts two generations, with the grandfather and grandmother seated at the back and their six children in the front.