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清 緙絲海屋添籌圖 軸
Mythical realm

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 18th century
Silk tapestry (kesi) with sections of hand-painted ink and color
69 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (176.5 x 72.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Wilton Lloyd-Smith, 1954
Accession Number:
Not on view
This land of crystalline blue-green mountains, towering palaces, and auspicious cranes lies somewhere beyond the human realm. This mythical scene would have been appropriate to hang for a celebratory occasion, such as birthdays, as the pleasant visions of the immortal realms would have added to the festive atmosphere. Sections of the details were painted rather than woven, a labor- and cost-saving method often employed on tapestries from this period.
Wichita Art Museum. "5000 Years of Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1977–January 1978.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting with Thread: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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