University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C274
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 18th - 19th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Velvet
Gold Thread
Iconography:Lion
Dragon
Lotus
Fan
Books
Pearl
Length: 167cm
Width: 53.2cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916

Description

Long textile, designed as a chair cover, shows four vertically stacked sections of decoration. Each section was intended to cover a different part of the chair. At the bottom are depicted waves with a rock and two lions around a brocaded ball. This section would have hung off the seat of the chair. Above, a lotus blossom in a four-point foliated border, clouds, and an auspicious fan and stack of books would have ornamented the chair seat. Above, a four-clawed dragon with a pearl would have been on the chair’s back splat. Finally, the section showing one inverted four-clawed dragon would have draped over the back of the chair. A band of dragons and vapors with clouds borders the textile on all four sides. C274 and C275 are a pair.


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