University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C473
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Ming Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: 17th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1699
Metallic Thread
Length: 156cm
Width: 53cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. G. Moore, 1926


Chair cover in bright colors. The textile is surrounded by a border of interlocking geometric scrolls with stylized dragonheads, in yellow on a blue ground on all four sides. Designed as a chair cover, the textile shows four vertically stacked sections of decoration. Each section was intended to cover a different part of a chair. An inverted flying crane among polychrome clouds is positioned at the top of the textile would have been draped over the back of the chair. Below, a four-clawed dragon with a stylized shou character would have been positioned on the chair’s back splats. Below the dragon is a four-pointed foliated medallion with two stylized dragon-like motifs inside against a blue field which would have ornamented the chair seat. The dancing crane above polychrome mountains would have hung off the front of the chair seat. C472 and C473 are a pair.

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