明早期 纏枝蓮托八寳鳳鳥紋妝花緞 Textile Panel with Phoenixes and Lotuses
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Satin brocaded with silk and metallic thread
Overall (after conservation,): 58 1/4 x 30 7/8 in. (148 x 78.4 cm)
Overall (before conservation): 58 1/4 x 30 11/16 in. (148 x 78 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 2001
Not on view
Bright yellow was the color reserved for the imperial family. On this panel, brocaded with gold and polychrome threads, four flying phoenixes alternate with lotus flowers, each holding two Buddhist symbols. The patterns are also found in contemporary porcelain, cloisonné, and other art forms.