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清中期 雙獅鳳凰紋漳絨椅墊
Chair strip with phoenixes

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Cut and voided silk velvet
Dimensions:
68 x 21 1/2 in. (172.72 x 54.61 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles A. Greenfield, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.264.6b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
In a traditional Chinese reception hall, chairs for the hosts are set in pairs on either side of a central table and are covered with textiles that are not adhered directly onto the furniture. Made with velvet, the textiles provide not only comfort but also a pleasing aesthetic due to their shine and elegance. Here, the motif of phoenixes among peonies symbolizes noble women, making these pieces suitable for use in a lady’s quarters.
Charles A. Greenfield , New York (until 1977; donated to MMA)
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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