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Obi with Dragon and Phoenix

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk satin with supplementary weft patterning in silk and metallic threads
Dimensions:
Overall: 164 x 27 1/4 in. (416.6 x 69.2 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Phillip H. Rubin, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.572.5
Not on view
A dragon and a phoenix, fantastic creatures of Chinese origin, are shown here in a Japanese obi against a background crowded with peonies and chrysanthemums. The dragon is seen in its usual Qing dynasty Chinese milieu, which includes stylized motifs of a mountain, waves, and flaming jewel.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

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