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Screen Panel or Kang Cover

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 79 x 64 in. (200.7 x 162.6 cm) Mount: 82 3/8 x 65 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (209.2 x 166.1 x 4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Amy Greene, 1969
Accession Number:
Not on view
Two Chinese lions playfully circle a brocade ball in the central roundel of this panel, surrounded by a field of birds in flight and various flowers on a scrolling vine. Each corner's quarter medallion contains a phoenix roundel, and the border features clouds and cranes. The dual orientation of the panel vertically—either short side could serve as the top—lends support to the suggestion the cloth once found use as the cover for a large piece of furniture such as a daybed, or kang.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Ming Dynasty," February 11, 2009–August 2, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

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