Nineteenth century Chinese family tree scroll written in Manchu and Mandarin Chinese. Approximately 480 cm x 36 cm. Painted on silk fabric of 5 colors: yellow, white, black, blue, and red, with white borders decorated with dragons. The Chinese and Manchu texts run from right to left, respectively.
The scroll describes the various honors bestowed upon a family by the emperor, starting September 18, 1821, when Emperor Daoguang (sixth emperor of the Chʻing dynasty) awards grandfather Sai Mint the first degree of nobility. Sai Mint was the brother of the emperor's wife and a public servant, rewarded for his virtue. The honor was to pass through generations of his descendants.
After Sai Mint died December 16, 1829, the third degree of nobility was given to his son Song Zen. Next, on February 4, 1835, Song Zen changed his name to Har Han Nar. Upon Har Han Nar's death, the third degree of nobility was passed on to his elder son Zen Han by Emperor Tongzhi on December 16, 1869.