Canopy

Chinese
Qing dynasty
late 19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Height x width: 47 x 47 in. (119.4 x 119.4 cm)

Accession Number

15.643

Medium or Technique

Silk, bast fiber (ramie and hemp?), gold metallic thread; plain-weave ground, embroidered, couched

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Circular canopy with design of Chinese lions, butterflies and flowers in blue, green, yellow, black and white silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a red plain-weave silk ground; two narrow bands, attached at the top and hanging loose down on side, with Chinese characters embroidered in gold on red silk; edged with white silk knotted fringe along the bottom; circular top and lining constructed with natural bast fiber (ramie or hemp?) fabric. This canopy was possibly used in a festival procession or as a theatrical prop.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection