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Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Bamboo with multicolored silk threads
Overall: 57 1/2 x 113 1/4 in. (146.1 x 287.7 cm)
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1997
Not on view
The bamboo of this blind is wrapped with multicolored silk threads to form the pattern of a central red bat holding a jeweled disc. The bat is enclosed by blue scrollwork against the background of a floral scroll in delicate shades of green, cream, and yellow. In general, the bat symbolizes good fortune since the word for bat is a homophone with that for good fortune (fu).
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