Velvet Panel


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)

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Velvet panels such as this example were sewn together to form a complete pattern and then used as decorative hangings or carpets. Here, the concentric bands of ornament consist, from left to right, of lotuses, foliate dragons, chrysanthemums, and a continuous fretwork incorporating the swastika—a form of the auspicious character wan, signifying ten thousand years.

Velvet Panel, Cut and voided silk velvet, China

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