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Altar frontal of orange velvet with design in silver gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts of large central dragon with pearl of wisdom flanked with two smaller dragons and various auspicious symbols and border on three sides of scrolling floral pattern; valance at top...

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA in 1924

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 1800–50

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86.4 x 106.7 cm (34 x 42 in.)

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Silk, voided velvet; cut-pile on a twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts