Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Festival Badge with Five-Clawed Dragon Surrounded by Chrysanthemums

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Embroidered gauze
Dimensions:
Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1946
Accession Number:
46.133.23
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.
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