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Embroidered Panel with Daoist Magician

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Framed: 68 3/4 x 26 in. (174.6 x 66 cm) Overall: 49 1/4 x 15in. (125.1 x 38.1cm) Mount: 26 x 68 3/4 in. (66 x 174.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.18.59
  • Description

    A Daoist magician stands in a spare, rocky landscape holding a bottle from which four tiny bats emanate. The bottle is labeled with the Chinese character fu, or happiness, which is a homophone with the word for "bat." The scene also features trees and flowering shrubs, including tree peonies in the foreground. The collectors' seals along the edges of the work appear to be problematic, except for a small vertical rectangle on the right side, which is the mark of the collector A. W. Bahr, who owned the textile before it entered the Museum's collection.

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