Procession of an emperor

A painting on silk depicting what is probably the procession of an emperor. The back of the procession is on the left. Both men and animals are arranged in two groupings, to either side of a sedan chair. At the back are five rows of 18 identically dressed horseriders. In front of them is a large yellow sedan chair which has a dragon's head at each corner of its roof. The chair is carried by 64 men dressed in orange-red coats. Facing them are four men dressed in white holding up two crossed sticks. Two smaller sedan chairs, a throne and a large canopy, in the same yellow, are carried in front of the sedan chair. There are also men carrying incense burners, canopies, fans and triangular-shaped flags depicting dragons. In front are eight white horses with yellow saddle cloths, eight camels, four dog walkers, four falconers, and a further 16 horseriders dressed identically to those at the back. There are 36 men dressed in white coats lining the route.

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