This chair strip was appropriate for multiple occasions. Textiles with lantern patterns were frequently used as seasonal decorations for celebrations of the annual Lantern Festival, which occurs on the night of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. The generally auspicious crane motif is associated with both longevity and career success. It also serves as the symbol for the highest rank of civil officials.
Inscription: Paper label sewn on: Chair-cover from the Palace of Rehol/ Ming Dynasty-1368 to 1466/ The dye creating the Ming-red has been lost/ Loaned by Katherine S. Dreier/ Pres. Society Anonym./ Museum of Modern Art, New York/ 3.