Welcoming Spring, Unidentified Artist Chinese, 14th–15th century, Silk embroidery on silk gauze, China

明早期 刺繡開泰圖
Welcoming Spring

Unidentified Artist Chinese, 14th–15th century
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
15th century
Silk embroidery on silk gauze
84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
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).
#7325. Welcoming Spring
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Marking: Six stamped seals (Qianlong)
[ Moke Mokotoff , New York, until 1981; sold to MMA]
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