On this rare example of a Ming chair strip, two powerful dragons, one in the sky and the other in the sea, embody cosmic forces of nature. The upper dragon decorates the portion that would have covered the chair’s back, and the lower dragon covers the part that would have hung below the seat in front of the chair’s front legs.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.