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Panel with a Phoenix and Birds in a Rock Garden

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 88 1/4 x 71 in. (224.2 x 180.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
Not on view
The eight treasures at the top of this panel, which are auspicious motifs derived from Buddhism, reinforce the meaning of the main image—a phoenix surrounded by smaller birds, symbolizing a virtuous monarch or leader welcomed by followers. This massive panel was hung over a wall to demonstrate the owner’s power and luxury, reflected in the rich colors and extraordinary craftsmanship.
[ J. Achéroff , Paris, until 1960; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries," November 14, 1970–June 1, 1971.

Denver Art Museum. "Threads of China: Rare Silks and Robes," September 21, 1972–October 22, 1972.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes and Accessories of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," August 8, 2007–October 28, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.

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