University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:C487
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1911
Metallic Thread
Length: 169.5 cm
Width: 74.9 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. G. Moore, 1926


A horizontally oriented rectangular textile on yellow satin with fine embroidery. A border, banded by metallic thread couching, approximately 10 cm in width surrounds all four sides of the textile. A total of 18 embroidered five-clawed dragons, six on the top and bottom border and three on the right and left, run along the border, interspersed with cloud vapors. In the central field, five five-clawed dragons are pictured symmetrically above polychrome waves. The largest dragon is placed in the center, balanced on a rock with a flaming pearl. Each of these dragons has five “pinwheel” style claws. The dragon scales embroidered in metallic thread using a couching stitch. Thread colors include: dark and light blue, red, dark and light pink, four shades of green, navy blue, white, grey.

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