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Medallion for Sleeve Band (one of a pair)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic thread
9 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (24.8 x 10.8 cm)
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Not on view
These medallions depict Liu Hai, a legendary character in popular Daoism who is said to have lived in the tenth century. In one version of the legend, he had a three-legged toad to convey him wherever he wished. Occasionally the toad would escape down a well, but Liu Hai would fish it out using a line baited with coins. Here, he stands on the toad, a string of coins above his head.
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