Although the edges of the textile are now concealed by the mount, this dragon roundel was woven in a circular shape and was probably meant to used in the decoration of a robe. Records from the Ming dynasty mention that members of the imperial family wore robes with dragon medallions.
[ Julia St. Clair Krenz , New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]
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