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Altar frontal of silk slit tapestry (kesi) with design of a Qilin, a mythological beast associated with prosperity and serenity, with waves, mountains, clouds and sun; valance above has two cranes facing circular bue stylized Chinese character for "long-life" (shou); border has design of...

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Provenance

Keith McLeod Fund; purchased by the MFA, 1984

Credit Line

Keith McLeod Fund

Chinese, late Ming or early Qing dynasty, 1625–75

Object Place

China

Dimensions

84 x 95.5 cm (33 1/16 x 37 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1984.530

Medium or Technique

Silk slit tapestry (kesi); border of silk twill-weave with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles