Folding Case with Characters for Longevity (Shou and Kao), Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze, China

Folding Case with Characters for Longevity (Shou and Kao)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th–19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (27.3 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.757
Not on view
This case is decorated with the characters shou kao, meaning longevity, on a fretwork ground that incorporates the swastika, or wan, signifying ten thousand years.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.