Hanging or banner

Chinese
Qing dynasty
late 19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

332 x 186 cm (130 11/16 x 73 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

19.714

Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with floss silks and couched gold-wrapped threads

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Hanging or banner embroidered in blue, green and yellow silk on a red silk satin ground. In the main field is a large character for longevity couched with gold thread, on each side is a small inscription (perhaps names of donors, commemorating special family celebration) in yellow silk; surrounding this are the Eight Immortals, gods of longevity and abundance, flowers, birds and animals; the panel at the top has design of a dragon with a phoenix on either side; hemp backing

Inscription on back: 4th year of Tongzhi reign, 2nd month

Provenance

By 1918, Hervey E. Wetzel (b. 1888 - d. 1918), Boston; 1918, by inheritance from her cousin, Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, Chicago [see note 1]; 1919, gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, to the MFA. (Accession date: March 31, 1919)

Notes:
[1] See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel