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清 刺繡行書竹聯
Calligraphy Couplet

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk embroidery on bamboo
Dimensions:
H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Bamboo
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.191a, b
Not on view
Rare spotted bamboo serves as the background for a
poetic couplet embroidered in blue silk threads wrapped
around bamboo slats. The poem reads:

The green paulownias are as clear as a spotless
reputation,
The heavenly dew as lustrous as literary pearls.
[ Gerard Hawthorn Ltd , London, until 2004; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: Painted and Carved," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court," August 25, 2007–November 25, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: An Introduction," December 4, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting with Thread: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.

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