Paintings portray palace dogs of Forbidden City

Updated 2018-03-06 11:15:07

People love to keep pet dogs as they are docile and cute, and this was true in ancient royal palace too. Well-known dog breeds such as mastiff, Persian, and Western dog were always brought to the ancient Chinese royal court as tributes or gifts. The palace dogs lived a comfortable life, and they even had their own beddings and clothes. Let's take a look at the palace dogs from some ancient paintings in the collection of the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs-Dog, by Ren Yu, from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) painting portrays a mastiff as tribute.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

A Lady Holding a Dog, from the Qing Dynasty.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

A portrait of dog clothes with flower patterns from the Qing Dynasty.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

The Qing Dynasty painting portrays a chestnut dog.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

Hunting Hound, by Li Di, from the Song Dynasty (960-1279).[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

The Qing Dynasty painting by Ren Yi portrays a pet dog crouching under blooming flowers.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

An image of red dog clothes with peony patterns from Guangxu Period of the Qing Dynasty.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

The Ming Dynasty painting portrays a cat and a dog.[Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

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