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Panel with Shou Characters and Lingzhi Fungus

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th–early 17th century
Brocaded silk twill damask
21 3/8 x 20 3/8 in. (54.3 x 51.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
In this textile, the Chinese character for longevity (shou) is paired with lingzhi, a type of fungus said to impart long life. Both the shou characters and the outlines of the lingzhi are woven in metallic thread.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.

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