Altar valance

Qing dynasty
mid 18th century

Object Place: China


44 x 147 cm (17 5/16 x 57 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk slit tapestry (kesi); border: silk satin 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



Top of shaped valance, made from silk tapestry (kesi) court costume, with design of three dragon roundels surrounded by auspicious clouds, bats, fans, vases and other auspicious symbols in light yellow, green, blue and red silk and gold thread on a dark blue silk ground, edged on two sides with key fret pattern; border on three sides with design of dragon roundels and auspicious symbols in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a dark blue satin ground; band along top and backing are of pale peach plain-weave cotton of linen.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on October 24, 1915

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection