Chair Strip with Cranes and Lantern
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 63 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (160.7 x 52.1 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953
Not on view
This chair strip was appropriate for multiple occasions. Textiles with lantern patterns were frequently used as seasonal decorations for celebrations of the annual Lantern Festival, which occurs on the night of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. The generally auspicious crane motif is associated with both longevity and career success. It also serves as the symbol for the highest rank of civil officials.
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