Festival Badge with Five-Clawed Dragon Surrounded by Chrysanthemums
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 17th century
Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1946
Not on view
Badges decorated with chrysanthemums were appropriate for the chrysanthemum festival celebrated in the ninth lunar month. The embroidery techniques used here find close parallels in textile treasures from Dingling, the tomb of the Wanli emperor of the Ming (r. 1573–1620). Badges with festival symbols were not used at the Chinese court after the Ming dynasty.
New York. China Institute in America. "Embroidery of Imperial China," March 15, 1978–May 29, 1978.
Katonah Museum of Art. "The Auspicious Dragon: Chinese Decorative Art," September 24, 1978–November 26, 1978.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.