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Fan with Dragon

Date:
probably 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (26 x 25.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.18.42
Not on view
According to a gazetteer of Beijing written at the end of the Yuan dynasty, the Ministry of Rites would present to the court, on the occasion of the Duanwu Festival (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, now celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival), tapestry fans with various pictorial subjects, including dragons in clouds. In this example, a dragon emerges from the clouds blowing a flaming pearl into the ocean.
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