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Table Valance with Autumn Garden

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk, metallic thread, and feather tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 28 1/2 x 37 in. (72.4 x 94 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962
Accession Number:
62.97.49
Not on view
The autumn plants in the main decorative area of this table valance appear in a garden setting with rocks and a stream; a pair of birds, whose backs are woven with feathers, flutter among the branches at the right. The overhanging upper register of the valance features an entirely different pattern: the attributes of the Eight Daoist Immortals, beribboned and interspersed with clouds and bats, are seen on either side of the central motif of a bat holding a canopy.
Edna Bahr , Ridgefield, CT (until 1962; donated to MMA)
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

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. "Chinese Textiles," September 6, 2011–April 15, 2012.

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