Altar frontal

Chinese
Qing dynasty
second quarter of 19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

178 x 196.2 cm (70 1/16 x 77 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

31.561

Medium or Technique

Silk, voided velvet, cut pile with twill-weave ground, 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

Length of velvet, probably from an altar frontal, with design of cosmic mountain and waves, above which is a central dragon with two smaller facing dragons below, surrounded by clouds, bats, wands (po-shan) with two peonies on each side in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a dark green silk velvet ground; composed of two lengths of fabric stitched together.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, September 3, 1931

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection