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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)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
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.
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