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Night Revels of Han Xizai

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The Night Revels of Han Xizai is a painted scroll depicting Han Xizai, a minister of Li Yu. This narrative painting is split into five distinct sections: Han Xizai listens to the pipa, watches dancers, takes a rest, plays string instruments, and then sees guests off. As with other scrolls, Gu's work is meant to be viewed right-to-left. The painting is approximately 333.5 centimeters (131.3 in) long and 28.7 centimeters (11.3 in) tall.

This is an excellent copy of an original work by Gu Hongzhong. From many factors, it is thought to have been done during the period from 1163 to 1224 in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). The painting vividly represents a night party hosted by Han Xizai, who anticipated the fall of the corrupt court. It depicts the host and guests engaging themselves in revels, flirting, chatting, singing and dancing to delightful music. Of all the figures painted, the complicated characterization of Han Xizai's wistfulness and aloofness is of paramount importance.

This application has captured the whole scroll in digital format. It provides:
1. Auto Play function – you can view it without swiping the screen like watching a movie.
2. Manual Exam function – you can exam the detail on of this masterpiece bit by bit manually.
3. Full Image function – it provide the large size of image for you to examine in detail of all characters.

It may be used as the second animation after the famous animated version of the Riverside Scene at the Qingming Festival exhibited in Hong Kong Expo and Shanghai Expo.