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2010/75/1-8 Lantern slide (1 of 89), Five-Bay Pailou (Gateway) of the Ming Tombs, hand coloured, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949. Click to enlarge.

Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff

Photographed
These lantern slides were taken by the Russian-born photographer Serge Vargassoff (1906-1965) who established himself as a professional photographer at the age of 20, in Peking (Beijing), China and became a long-term resident of the city. Later he established a studio 'Serge Vargassoff Photography' at 3A Wyndham Street Hong Kong, as well as working at "Gainsborough Studio, Morning Post Building, Hong Kong". Vargassoff was well known to Hedda Hammer Morrision, who writes fondly of him in her …

Summary

Object No.

2010/75/1-8

Object Statement

Lantern slide (1 of 89), Five-Bay Pailou (Gateway) of the Ming Tombs, hand coloured, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949

Physical Description

Glass lantern slide, the Five-Bay Pailou (Gateway) in the Ming Tombs, hand coloured glass / metal, made by Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949

Hand coloured glass lantern slide showing the stone Five-Bay Pailou (Gateway) in the Ming Tombs which is located in the Changping County of Peking. Mountains can be seen in the background.

Dimensions

Height

81 mm

Width

100.5 mm

Depth

3 mm

Production

Photographed

Notes

Produced from around 1920 to 1949.

The majority of the slides are duplicate images of Serge Vargassoff's black and white photographs from five albums titled 'Views' and loose prints from the Museum's collection.

This slide shows the stone Five-Bay Pailou (Gateway) at the Shisan Ling (Ming Tombs, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site) which is located in the Changping County of Peking. The Ming Tombs lie in Changping County, about 50 km northwest from the urban area of Beijing. It is actually a tomb complex of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), including thirteen Emperor's mausoleums, seven tombs for concubines and one grave for eunuchs. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Yan and occupying an area of more than 120 square km, its was listed in the World Heritage List in 2003.

Reference:
http://www.sinohotelguide.com/travel/aboutbeijing/mingtombs/sacred.php
http://www.beijingtrip.com/attractions/mingtomb.htm

History

Notes

The glass slides were donated by Vera Vargassoff, niece of Serge Vargassoff.

Vargassoff's photographs were awarded and published. His studio works are found in Mario Prodan's 'Certain Ming Ivories' published in 1941 by Popular Island Press Peking. His two photographs that are also part of the collection of this collection of lantern slides were contributed for the article 'The Lotus' by Eleanor Consten published in '20th Century, Volume 6'. His photograph of 'The main temple of Ta Hui-Ssu in Peking' also won the second prize of the first photo contest of the magazine under the theme of Buddhism and is also included in this collection.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/414795>

Wikipedia

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