Altar frontal (one of a pair)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
second half of 19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

104 x 95 cm (40 15/16 x 37 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.1693b

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 reddish-orange velvet with design of large dragon rising from the waves, surrounded by smaller dragons, clouds and various auspicious symbols and outer border with repeating peony arabesque in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; valance has design of two facing dragons; narrow band at top and lining of olive-green plain-weave linen or cotton. One of pair with 04.1693a.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, December 5, 1904

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection