Embroidery on red silk of Magu from the Qing dynasty. Magu is gifting an old man fruit and blessings for long life. A deer stands by her side.
Dimensions are 29 3/8 inches wide by 60 7/8 inches high. All measurements are approximate.
Provenance: From The Crawford Collection, exhibited in The Public Library and Art Museum in London, Ontario from 1960s to 1980s. Dr. Wallace Crawford (Gao Wenming) was a Canadian doctor specializing in leprosy. A devout Christian, he was sent by a Canadian Methodist church to China in 1907 as a medical missionary.
In 1930, Dr. Crawford was associated with the West China Union Medical University and established the first Leper Hospital in southwest China. While in China, he built seven hospitals and one other institution. He received several medals and decorations from the Chinese government for his work. He remained in China for 43 years until he was forced to leave in 1950.
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