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Girdle Set with Dragon, Clouds and Waves

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th–19th century
Tapestry-woven silk (kesi)
Overall (a): 13 1/4 x 3 in. (33.7 x 7.6 cm)
Overall (b): 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (8.3 x 9.5 cm)
Overall (c): 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (15.9 x 8.9 cm)
Overall (d): 14 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (36.2 x 9.5 cm)
Overall (e): 3 3/4 x 4 in. (9.5 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alan Priest, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
A fan case, watch cover, flat envelope, watch case, and folding case comprise this girdle set of accessories that hung from a man's belt. The set shows the continuation and expansion of a Yuan-dynasty (1279–1368) tradition of silk tapestry fans decorated with dragons among clouds.
Alan Priest , New York (until 1961; donated to MMA)
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

Katonah Museum of Art. "The Auspicious Dragon: Chinese Decorative Art," September 24, 1978–November 26, 1978.

Comune di Roma. "La Seta e La Sua Via," December 15, 1993–March 14, 1994.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

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

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