Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Panel with Boys at Play

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.4 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.65.30
Not on view
This textile is probably a portion of a much larger piece, perhaps a hanging, that would have illustrated many groups of small boys at play in a garden. Items bearing this popular theme were particularly favored as wedding gifts, for the boys symbolize increase, abundance, and future happiness.
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