Art/ Collection/ Art Object

明 緙絲蟠桃獻壽圖
Immortal Holding a Peach

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 46 x 24 in. (116.8 x 61 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellis G. Seymour, 1926
Accession Number:
Not on view
The figure on this silk tapestry panel is Dongfang Shuo who symbolizes wisdom and longevity. As a historical person, Dongfang (154–93 B.C.) was famed for his immense erudition and humorous speeches. In later legend, as seen here, he steals the magical peaches from the orchard of the Queen Mother of the West (Xiwangmu) and becomes a famous immortal. The layout and powerful outlines, also present in sixteenth-century painting, help date this tapestry. Found on both sides of the panel, the red seals state that it had once been stored in the imperial study of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–95), one of the greatest art collectors in Chinese history.
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting with Thread: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.

Related Objects

Mythical realm

Date: late 18th century Medium: Silk tapestry (kesi) with sections of hand-painted ink and color Accession: 54.158.1 On view in:Gallery 210

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Date: 14th century Medium: Silk tapestry (kesi) Accession: 1989.140 On view in:Not on view

Woman's Robe with Peonies and Shou Medallions

Date: late 19th–early 20th century Medium: Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread Accession: 46.187.6 On view in:Not on view

Jar with Dragon

Date: early 15th century Medium: Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware) Accession: 37.191.1 On view in:Gallery 204

Bodhisattva Manjushri as Tikshna-Manjushri (Minjie Wenshu)

Medium: Gilt brass; lost-wax casting Accession: 2001.59 On view in:Gallery 208