明 緙絲 龍鳳圖
Panel with dragon, phoenix, and peonies

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry weave (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (36.8 x 60.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.111.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
Dragons and phoenixes were thought to appear in places touched by the divine. In this fragment of a luxurious silk tapestry embellished with gold thread, a dragon arises from a stylized mountain landscape as a phoenix wings by massive peonies.
[ Roland Koscherak , New York, until 1932; sold 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. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.