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Altar frontal with design of cosmic mountain and waves, above which is a central dragon with two smaller facing dragons below, surrounded by clouds, bats, wands (po-shan) with two peonies on each side in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a dark green silk velvet...

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on September 3, 1931

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, second quarter of 19th century

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181.4 x 180.2 cm (71 7/16 x 70 15/16 in.)

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts