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Dragon Medallion in Two Parts

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall (a & b): 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962
Accession Number:
62.97.39a, b
Not on view
The quality of the workmanship in these medallions (62.97.36–.39a, b) is quite high, with the dragons mostly in couched gold thread while fine silk is used for the rest. In each of the medallions, seven of the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols appear in the clouds around the edges—canopy, vase, lotus, fish, wheel, umbrella, and endless knot. (Only the conch is missing).
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