A rare piece of Chinese art has been found in New York’s Public Library.
The painting was discovered on May 5th in the stacks of the New-York Public Library’s Collection of American Indian Art and Culture by a volunteer who was cleaning up after a painting show.
The piece, entitled ‘The great white hope,’ is one of a handful of pieces found in the collections of the Public Library, the first of which was uncovered in 1997.
It is believed to be one of only six known works of Chinese painting found in America.
It depicts the famous 18th-century Chinese ruler Liu Bei sitting on a bamboo raft on a lake with a large group of other Chinese soldiers.
The image of Liu Bei is said to be the first painting in America that depicts an actual historical figure.