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Valance

Period:
Ming (1368–1644) or Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 37 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (95.3 x 92.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Emery, 1968
Accession Number:
68.191
Not on view
This table valance's main pattern, the frontal view of a four-clawed dragon (mang) with clouds, waves, and mountains, is paired with an upper panel that features a book and some vessels, one of them a ceramic with a crackled glaze. They appear with two angled musical stones that flank a lantern, symbolizing the imminence of a happy event.
Mrs. William M. Emery , New Providence, NJ (until 1968; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The "Hundred Antiques" in Chinese Textiles," February 8, 2006–July 30, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

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