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Negretti & Zambra

Chinese idol in Canton. 'La Déesse de la Fécondité' 1858

Albumen print | 20.0 x 16.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2932768

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Photograph of a seated idol, raised on a platform and looking down. The figure is flanked by five smaller deities that are arranged behind the central goddess with a wooden frame over them that forms part of a building. In the foreground are a variety of plant pots. The photograph was taken in Canton, now Guangzhou.

The title indicates the goddess depicted is of fecundity or fertility.

The photograph was probably taken in 1858-59 by Pierre Rossier, who was sent to Canton by the firm Negretti and Zambra.They published a set of 50 photographs in November 1859 of views in and around Canton.
  • Creator(s)

    Negretti & Zambra (photographer)

    Pierre Joseph Rossier (1829-90) (photographer)

  • 20.0 x 16.7 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • People
      • Goddesses
    • Places
      • Asia
        • China
          • Guangzhou [China]