Altar valance or hanging

Qing dynasty
Late 19th century

Object Place: China


80 x 51.5 cm (31 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Altar valance or hanging of dark red silk damask with design of horizontal bands of Chinese lions along the bottom, phoenix and pomegranates in the middle and butterflies and gourds along the top embroidered in blue, green, yellow and white silk, black cord and couched gold-wrapped thread; trimmed with bands of black satin piped with light blue satin; lined with white plain-weave cotton.


Lent by Denman W. Ross, Oct. 24, 1913. Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on April 1, 1915

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection