late Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk
38 1/2 x 117 1/2 in. (97.8 x 298.5 cm)
Gift of Charles A. Greenfield, 1977
Not on view
Valances were frequently used in Chinese interiors—on tables and platform beds and above open entryways. Embroidered on this valance are cranes and peaches, auspicious symbols of longevity. The woven silks at the top and bottom date to the eighteenth century.