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Chair Strip with Dragons

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk gauze
Overall: 69 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (176.5 x 46.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
The primary method of decorating this chair strip is a counted embroidery stitch that completely covers the silk-gauze foundation cloth. The remarkably even tension achieved by the embroiderer is typical of high-quality Chinese textiles done in this technique.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," April 18, 2012–October 14, 2012.

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