明晚期 緙絲百鳥朝鳳圖屏 Panel with a Phoenix and Birds in a Rock Garden
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 88 1/4 x 71 in. (224.2 x 180.3 cm)
Seymour Fund, 1960
Not on view
The eight treasures at the top of this panel, which are auspicious motifs derived from Buddhism, reinforce the meaning of the main image—a phoenix surrounded by smaller birds, symbolizing a virtuous monarch or leader welcomed by followers. This massive panel was hung over a wall to demonstrate the owner’s power and luxury, reflected in the rich colors and extraordinary craftsmanship.