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清中期 絲繡福壽花卉紋竹簾
Blind with scrollwork, bat, and flowers

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Bamboo with multicolored silk threads
Overall: 57 1/2 x 113 1/4 in. (146.1 x 287.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century," June 15, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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