Birds among flowering branches against clouds
- Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
- 17th century
- Silk tapestry (kesi)
- 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)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1918
- Accession Number:
- 18.124.10a, b
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.