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Scroll Cover for an Imperial Manuscript

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Date:
before 1764
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 x 13 1/2 in. (38.1 x 34.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.123.2
  • Description

    This silk tapestry, with its design of a dragon among flowers and leaves, was woven as a book cover for an essay written by the Qianlong emperor called Yubi chuangye shoucheng nan yi shuo (An Essay on the Difficulty and Ease of Founding and Maintaining a Dynasty, Written by the Emperor). The textile's pattern was probably copied from a Song dynasty piece, such as an early-twelfth-century tapestry-woven album leaf now in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

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