Perhaps used on the occasion of the Lantern Festival—the fifteenth day of the first lunar month—this tapestry illustrates the seasonal interior design of a wealthy family in the seventeenth century. Celebrated with numerous lanterns lighting up the streets and buildings, this traditional festival extends the auspicious wishes of brightness and joy for the first full moon of the lunar New Year.
[ Hentell Ltd. , New York, until 1988; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.