清中期 絲繡福壽花卉紋竹簾 Blind with scrollwork, bat, and flowers
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Bamboo with multicolored silk threads
Overall: 57 1/2 x 113 1/4 in. (146.1 x 287.7 cm)
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1997
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
Multicolored silk threads wrap around the bamboo to form the image of a red bat holding a jeweled disc. The bat is enclosed by blue scrollwork against the background of a floral scroll in delicate shades of green, cream, and yellow. Since the Chinese word for “bat” is a homophone with that for “good fortune,” the animal is generally an auspicious symbol.