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Tablet with Design for a Carpet

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Ivory with pigment
3 15/16 x 6 5/8 in. (10 x 16.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of James F. Ballard, 1923
Accession Number:
Not on view
The use of a precious material such as ivory to make a model of a carpet was typical of the famously extravagant Qianlong Emperor. The design of a roundel filled with flowers and surrounded by floral scrolls can also be found in porcelains and other objects from the eighteenth century.
Marking: on the back: Qianlong mark
James F. Ballard , St. Louis (until 1923; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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