Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin damask
85 x 42 in. (215.9 x 106.7 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Vincent Astor, Jeanie Cayne, Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Joseph E. Hotung, Dr. and Mrs. John C. Weber and Anonymous Gifts, 1986
Not on view
The pieces assembled in this panel are parts of a dragon robe or coat made for the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month-the first full moon of the year. The panel, which has a wide border of silk woven in the eighteenth century, includes the back and one sleeve of a dragon robe with a pattern of a composite lantern framed on three sides by dragons.
Inscription: "Nei" [within] stamped twice in ink, lower left corner
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.