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Book or Sutra Cover with Lady Bearing a Conch

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (36.2 x 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1956
Accession Number:
56.220.2
Not on view
The lady in this embroidered textile holds a conch shell from which rise the auspicious characters hao (?) and shi ("auspicious events"). The technique is typical of Ming-dynasty embroidery on gauze.
Private Collection , New York (until 1956; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties," April 1, 2005–July 25, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Ming Dynasty," February 11, 2009–August 2, 2009.

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