October 1944 Painting for Tribal Chief Hu Zhonghua
Painting found on the internet in 2010, owner unknown. The painting is of an arch, a symbol of peace and harmony.
The inscription is made out to the tribal chief, Hu Zhonghua, describing briefly their dinner together. Hu was a tribal chief in Yunnan, known for chasing the British out of their territory as the British were after the minerals in the land.
In Huang Yao’s article, ‘Yunnan de Gao Yingkui Kuenzhong’, he was introduced to Hu Zhonghua by the younger Gao brother. He writes, ‘The younger brother also introduced me to a tribal chief from Kawa Mountains at the border of Yunnan and Burma. He had an odd surname, ‘dao’ (knife). He appreciated art and asked a painting from me. He came to sell opium and invited me to visit him. I declined as my wife and son were in Guiyang. He wanted to give me opium, which I also declined’.
Huang Yao did not accept the opium but among his things we found a stone seal engraved with Huang Yao's name by the tribal chief.
Download PDF: Yunnan de Gao Yingkui Kuenzhong (in Chinese)