Birds among flowering branches against clouds, Silk tapestry (kesi), China

明晚期 緙絲群鳥圖屏
Birds among flowering branches against clouds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall (a): 51 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (131.44 x 56.52 cm)
Overall (b): 31 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (80 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.124.10a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
In this exuberant composition, various birds and plants are juxtaposed with cloud formations in colorful combinations. This tapestry was probably part of a larger decorative panel with hundreds of birds and a phoenix, a symbol of a group of loyal officials with a righteous ruler.
[ Vladmir G. Simkhovitch , until 1918; 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," 2007.

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