Altar frontal (one of a pair)

Qing dynasty
second half of 19th century

Object Place: China


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

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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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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection