Kesi tapestry of two birds and a flowering tree

Historical period(s)
Mid-Ming to Qing dynasty, 16th-18th century
Polychrome silk with painted details
H x W: 96.5 x 52.8 cm (38 x 20 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Costume and Textile, Furniture and Furnishing

Tapestry: kesi (mounted on panel)

bird, China, flower, fungus-of-immortality, garden rock, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), peony, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), slit tapestry, tapestry, tree

To 1917
Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang in 1917 [2]]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1184, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Wang Jiantang (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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