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Length of velvet, probably from an 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...

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, September 3, 1931

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, second quarter of 19th century

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178 x 196.2 cm (70 1/16 x 77 1/4 in.)

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts