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明早期 刺繡開泰圖
Welcoming Spring

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese, 14th–15th century
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions:
84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.410
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
In Chinese, both goat and sheep are called yang, a word also associated with growth, warmth, and light. Together with two boys, these animals may be read as a visual pun extending warm wishes for a good New Year. Red seals along both sides of the panel state that it was in the collection of
the emperor Qinalong (r. 1736–95).
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