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Valance

Period:
Ming (1368–1644) or Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 37 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (95.3 x 92.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Emery, 1968
Accession Number:
68.191
Not on view
This table valance's main pattern, the frontal view of a four-clawed dragon (mang) with clouds, waves, and mountains, is paired with an upper panel that features a book and some vessels, one of them a ceramic with a crackled glaze. They appear with two angled musical stones that flank a lantern, symbolizing the imminence of a happy event.
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