Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Panel with Fish, Bats, and Clouds

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
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)
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.
Related Objects

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru

Date: 14th century Medium: Silk tapestry (kesi) Accession: 1989.140 On view in:Not on view

Theatrical armor with dragons

Date: 18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi) Accession: 30.76.32 On view in:Gallery 220

Vajrabhairava Mandala

Date: ca. 1330–32 Medium: Silk tapestry (kesi) Accession: 1992.54 On view in:Gallery 212

The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Three: Ji'nan to Mount Tai

Artist: Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717) Date: datable to 1698 Medium: Handscroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 1979.5a–d On view in:Gallery 216

Woman's Robe with Peonies and Shou Medallions

Date: late 19th–early 20th century Medium: Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread Accession: 46.187.6 On view in:Not on view