Ming (1368–1644) or Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Not on view
Unlike upholstered furniture, chairs in China were covered only temporarily with textiles, such as this silk tapestry (kesi) chair strip, designed and woven specifically as a chair covering. The lobed floral medallion was positioned on the seat of the chair, and the four-clawed dragon (mang) adorned the back. At the top of the strip, the crane is upside down because that short portion was meant to hang down behind the chair.
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