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清 緙絲乾隆南巡宮苑圖
Scenic Sites in the Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
Silk tapestry (kesi) with ink and color
48 x 11 in. (121.9 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
These four tapestry hangings (13.220.134–.137) may be from a larger group depicting the scenic sites that the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–95) visited during his historic tours south of the capital. The inscriptions identify these four places as Forest of Springs (Quanlin), Pool of the Ancient School (Panchi), Guangyue Tower (Guangyuelou), and Wuwei Monastery (Wuweiguan), all now in Shandong Province. Aside from Guangyue Tower, the buildings at the other three sites have been destroyed, though the first two are known to have housed auxiliary palaces. The images on these panels are comparable to woodblock illustrations in Nanxun Shengdian, a book published in 1770 to memorize the emperor’s tours.
Inscription: Hua Chi 华池 (Hua Pool)
[ John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting with Thread: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.

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