Altar frontal

Chinese
Qing dynasty
1800–50


Object Place: China

Dimensions

86.4 x 106.7 cm (34 x 42 in.)

Accession Number

24.96

Medium or Technique

Silk, voided velvet; cut-pile on a twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Altar frontal of orange velvet with design in silver gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts of large central dragon with pearl of wisdom flanked with two smaller dragons and various auspicious symbols and border on three sides of scrolling floral pattern; valance at top has design of central pearl of wisdom with flanking dragons and auspicious clouds and border on three sides of scrolling floral pattern; band across the top of white plain-weave hemp or cotton.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA in 1924

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection