University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C483
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Late Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1911
Auspicious Symbols
Length: 178.6cm
Width: 54.2cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. G. Moore, 1926
Other Number4-1969-15 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number


This 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. The four sections are pictured against a continuous lattice and floral medallion pattern against a yellow ground. The topmost section consists of an inverted rectangular frame showing a symmetrical large canopied lantern decorated with a shou character. On either side of the shou lantern are two smaller lanterns and other auspicious symbols. This section would have draped over the back of the chair. Below this is a round field composed of symmetrical vegetal scrolls, flowers, and bats. This would have ornamented the chair’s splats. Below this roundel is another roundel showing symmetrically arranged, stylized archaic dragons around a central medallion. This section would have been positioned on the seat of the chair. At the very bottom is a rectangular frame around two symmetrical flaming lions and other auspicious symbols which would have hung off the seat of the chair in the front. A band of confronted archaic dragons chasing flaming borders the textile on all four sides. Lampas. Backing of plain weave. C482, C483, C484, and C485 are a set.

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