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明中期 緙絲龍紋圓補
Dragon medallion

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm) Mount: 18 x 17 1/2 in. (45.7 x 44.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.65.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
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]
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

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.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer," October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018.

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