Exhibitions/ Art Object

Panel with Flowers, Birds, and Animals

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Chinese, for the export market
Medium:
Silk, embroidered with silk and gilt-paper-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
L. 100 x W. 80 inches (254 x 203.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948
Accession Number:
48.187.614
Not on view
This large panel is part of an important but little understood group of related embroidered Chinese export textiles. They share a common layout with a central roundel in a rectangular field surrounded by multiple borders. Chinese textiles came to the Americas via the annual trips of Spain's Manila galleons between Acapulco (and Lima) and the Philippines. While no embroideries from this group have been found in Mexico or South America, their influence is evident, since similar layouts and motifs are woven into a small group of extant Peruvian tapestries.
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