Blind with scrollwork, bat, and flowers


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Multicolored silk threads wrapped around bamboo form an image of a red bat holding a jeweled disc. Enclosed by blue scrollwork, the bat is set against the background of a floral scroll in delicate shades of green, cream, and yellow. Since the Chinese word for “bat” is a homophone for “good fortune,” the animal is generally regarded as an auspicious symbol.

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