Valance (one of pair)

Qing dynasty
1870 to 1890

Object Place: China


102.2 x 227.3 cm (40 1/4 includes 8" fringe x 89 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool plain-weave embroidered with silk; trimmed with cotton plain-weave, netted silk fringe, knotted gold-wrapped thread and applied metal discs with mirrors

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Valance of red plain-weave wool with design in main field of mythological lion dogs, phoenix, peonies and butterflies embroidered in polychrome silk and accented with applied framed mirror discs, trimmed on three sides with black plain-weave wool with butterfly and floral motifs embroidered in polychrome silk; top panel of black plain-weave wool with design of various auspicious symbols embroidered in polychrome silk, trimmed on three sides with orange plain-weave wool with design of floral and butterfly motifs embroidered in shades of blue, black and white silk; edged on three sides with black plain-weave cotton; along the bottom edge is red silk netting with fringe of pink and red silk with “endless knot” of gold-wrapped thread at the top of each; along the top is a light green plain-weave cotton (?) band; lined with natural plain-weave hemp or linen. One of pair with 11.149.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, March 2, 1911

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection