The work reproduces the historical scene of Southern Tang Minister Han Xizai's evening banquet. It shows the host and guests, singing and dancing, laughter and joy, as well as the protagonist's detachment and a sense of gloom.
The whole picture is divided into five sections:
- listening to music
- watching dancers
- playing string instruments
- seeing guests off
The painter, Gu Hongzhong drew a screen each section in order to create a continuous picture for viewers.
Attributed to Gu Hongzhong (顾闳中, 937 - 975), Five Dynasties Period (907 - 960)
Handscroll, 28.7 x 335.5 cm
Original in the Palace Museum in Beijing, China
Painting reproduction by Beijing Ji Ding Wen Hua Development Company, 2017