Flowers and Garden Rock

Period:
Yuan (1271–1368) or Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Date:
14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 x 15 1/4 in. (40.6 x 38.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.100.24
Not on view
This tapestry picture features a contrast between the boldly decorative garden rock, which was woven in gold with black outlines, and the more delicately realized hydrangea and other flowers, woven in various hues of silk that have faded with time. A close look reveals that the leaves are outlined in gold thread.
John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

Greenvale. C.W. Post Art Gallery. "Arts of China," February 4, 1977–March 27, 1977.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties," April 1, 2005–July 25, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," September 6, 2011–April 15, 2012.