Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Birds Among Flowering Branches against Clouds

Period:
Ming (1368–1644) or Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall (a): 51 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (131.44 x 56.52 cm) Overall (b): 31 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (80 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.124.10a, b
Not on view
In this exuberant composition, various birds and plants are juxtaposed with cloud formations to make a purely decorative pattern. Individual elements of the composition relate to the pictorial arts of the seventeenth century. This example was probably once part of a much larger decorative panel.
[ Vladmir G. Simkhovitch , 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.

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