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Yang Ti, Sui emperor of China (604-618), and his fleet of sailing craft, including a dragon boat being pulled along the Grand Canal. Painted silk scroll, 18th century


Yang Ti, Sui emperor of China (604-618), and his fleet of sailing craft, including a dragon boat being pulled along the Grand Canal. Painted silk scroll, 18th century


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Yang Ti, Sui emperor of China (604-618), and his fleet of sailing craft, including a dragon boat being pulled along the Grand Canal. Painted silk scroll, 18th century

CHINA: EMPEROR AND BOATS.
Yang Ti, Sui emperor of China (604-618), and his fleet of sailing craft, including a dragon boat being pulled along the Grand Canal. Painted silk scroll, 18th century

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7th Century Calligraphy Canal China Chinese Dragon Emperor Fleet Grand Canal Ming Dynasty Pulling Sailboat Scroll Sui Dynasty Yang


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This 18th-century painted silk scroll transports us back in time to witness the grandeur of Yang Ti, the Sui emperor of China from 604 to 618. The scene depicts a magnificent fleet of sailing craft, with one particularly striking vessel catching our attention - a dragon boat being pulled along the majestic Grand Canal. The painting showcases the artistic mastery and attention to detail prevalent during China's Ming Dynasty. Every brushstroke brings life to this historical moment, as we see men on horseback skillfully guiding their steeds alongside the canal. The dragon boat itself is adorned with intricate designs and vibrant colors, symbolizing power and prosperity. As we delve deeper into this artwork, it becomes evident that Yang Ti was not just an emperor but also a visionary leader who recognized the importance of water transportation for trade and communication. His fleet represents his commitment to expanding commerce throughout his empire. The Grand Canal serves as both a backdrop and testament to human ingenuity. This engineering marvel stretches over 1, 100 miles across China's landscape, connecting major cities and facilitating cultural exchange. Through this remarkable piece of art, we are transported back in time to witness Yang Ti's reign firsthand - a powerful ruler whose legacy lives on through his contributions to Chinese history and culture.

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