Chair Strip with Cranes and Lantern

17th century
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 63 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (160.7 x 52.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
This chair strip was appropriate for multiple occasions. Textiles with lantern patterns were frequently used as seasonal decorations for celebrations of the annual Lantern Festival, which occurs on the night of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. The generally auspicious crane motif is associated with both longevity and career success. It also serves as the symbol for the highest rank of civil officials.
Inscription: Paper label sewn on: Chair-cover from the Palace of Rehol/ Ming Dynasty-1368 to 1466/ The dye creating the Ming-red has been lost/ Loaned by Katherine S. Dreier/ Pres. Society Anonym./ Museum of Modern Art, New York/ 3.
Estate of Katherine Sophie Dreier , (until d. 1952; bequeathed 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," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.