University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C437
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Modern (uncertain)
Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: Qing Dynasty - Modern
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Cotton
Gold
Sequins
Technique:Embroidered
Iconography:Lion
Length: 671cm
Width: 66.5cm
Credit Line:Gift of Lily Place, 1925

Description

Very long, horizontally oriented rectangular textile, bordered on all four sides by a red woven wool ground decorated with metallic thread and silk embroidery. The central field shows five golden lions embroidered (with couching) against a black felted wool ground. Use of metallic thread and silk to embroider lions, birds, flowers, plants, and other auspicious motifs. A piece of red damask that has been folded over and sewn to the top edge of the textile. A rod could have been inserted into the resulting pocket to hang the textile. Thread colors include: maroon, magenta, dark and light green, white, three shades of blue, yellow.


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