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Coverlet

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Chinese, for the European market
Medium:
Silk satin, embroidered with silk and gilt-paper-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
H. 84 x W. 79 inches (213.4 x 200.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.208d
Not on view
This Chinese coverlet reflects the novelty that comes from artistic exchange. The central roundel composition surrounded by one or more borders appears in domestic kang (daybed) covers, and the imagery—including dragons flanking a flaming jewel and Chinese-style corner lions—is typically Chinese. However, the four hunters around the roundel wear typical European breeches and doublets fashionable in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In yet another twist of nationality, the garments’ detailed embroidery bears characteristic Chinese motifs such as the dragon design on one of the doublets.
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