University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Ru02-53. Photo from an album (UoB reference Ru02). See also Ru02-54 and Ru02-56. No caption for this photograph in the album. Probably taken in, or near, Peking (Beijing). The man with the staff is the principal mourner. Mourning grades were codified and the senior male of the bereaved household was considered the principal mourner. He had specific duties during the lengthy mortuary process. The staff that he carries is an obligatory item of mourning attire for the first grade of mourning.
Funeral procession, with mourners dressed in white preceding the coffin, Beijing
Black and white photograph
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