The Ch'ien-lung emperor commissioned this portrait of the warrior Ayusi/ Ayuxi who had led successful attacks against the rebellious Dawats. The painter was Giuseppe Castiglione known as Lang Shi'ning in China (circa 1754) (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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