Portrait of Pan Dun-zi, the Anli village's chieftain
In the Qing Dynasty, Anli Village from central Taiwan collaborated with the government to suppress several rebellions, and they gradually rose to become the most powerful indigenous community in central Taiwan. The picture shows the portrait of Pan Dun-Zi, the Anli village’s third chieftain, whose family had been running the village since his grandfather, A Mu. As a result, the Pan family has long been part of the local elite. Dun Zi helped the Qing troops to suppress the rebellion at Dajiaxi, and was then summoned by Emperor Yongzheng to receive the imperial garment as a reward. The picture conforms to the traditional system of drawing ancestors in China, where Dun Zi, sitting upright, is seen wearing the Qing Dynasty military officer’s tiger robe. Such an official image was the ideal presentation of one’s ancestors in Han society. However, Pan Dun-Zi’s pierced ears reveal that he was still a member of Taiwan’s indigenous culture.