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Panel with Fish, Bats, and Clouds

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall (a): 15 x 15 3/4 in. (38.1 x 40 cm) Overall (b): 13 3/4 x 16 in. (34.9 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Rodman A. Heeren, 1960
Accession Number:
60.157.6a, b
Not on view
This panel probably came from a chair cover, possibly from the part that covered the seat. Word play makes the motifs auspicious: five bats (fu, a homophone for the Chinese word for happiness) surround a musical stone and a pair of fish, associated with good fortune and affluence.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.

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