This textile is probably a portion of a much larger piece, perhaps a hanging, that would have illustrated many groups of small boys at play in a garden. Items bearing this popular theme were particularly favored as wedding gifts, for the boys symbolize increase, abundance, and future happiness.
[ Julia St. Clair Krenz , New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Exhibition of Techniques in Chinese Art," April 8, 1938–June 6, 1938.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.