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清 刺繡行書竹聯
Calligraphy Couplet

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk embroidery on bamboo
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.191a, b
Not on view
Rare spotted bamboo serves as the background for a
poetic couplet embroidered in blue silk threads wrapped
around bamboo slats. The poem reads:

The green paulownias are as clear as a spotless
The heavenly dew as lustrous as literary pearls.
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