Valance for altar frontal

Qing dynasty

Object Place: China, Western


34.3 x 90 cm (13 1/2 x 35 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin ground embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Valance for altar frontal with design of “One Hundred Boys” imagery, including one figure riding a mythical lion, one figure holding a vase and one holding a pomegranate, and scatterd flowers and fruit embroidered in blue, pink, red, white, black, green and yellow silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread on a deep pink silk satin ground; border on three sides of black satin; lined with pink damask; probably for dowry.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection