Pang T.A. and Pchelin N.G. Portraits of Qing meritorious officers in the collection of the State Hermitage: scroll restoration and revised reading of the texts // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 88—110.
The finished restoration of the portraits representing prominent Qing officers
kept in the collection of the State Hermitage resulted in a possibility to not only prove
their artistic value, but also to read the eulogies written by Emperor Qianlong in Manchu
and Chinese. As a follow-up of our previous paper we are presently able to become certain
that the State Hermitage has five portraits (of Yeotun, Fusil, Cebdenjab, Bolbunca
and Guwandase), originally from the Ziguang-ge Pavilion (Hall of Purple Glaze), which
made it to Germany in the early 20th c., and then, after 1945, to Russia. The analysis of
the texts has revealed the peculiarities of Manchu and Chinese poetry at the same time
proving that both versions of the eulogies were written in accordance with corresponding
poetic rules thus becoming variations of the same topic.