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Table Valance with Autumn Garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk, metallic thread, and feather tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 28 1/2 x 37 in. (72.4 x 94 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
The autumn plants in the main decorative area of this table valance appear in a garden setting with rocks and a stream; a pair of birds, whose backs are woven with feathers, flutter among the branches at the right. The overhanging upper register of the valance features an entirely different pattern: the attributes of the Eight Daoist Immortals, beribboned and interspersed with clouds and bats, are seen on either side of the central motif of a bat holding a canopy.
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