Woven (kesi) couplet

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Probably Qianlong reign, 18th century
Medium
Silk and metallic threads (kesi weave)
Dimensions
H x W (each): 207.5 x 27 cm (81 11/16 x 10 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift in honor of Elizabeth and William S. Weedon by Marion and Stanton P. Nolan
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.28a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Costume and Textile, Furniture and Furnishing
Type

Hanging scrolls (pair)

Keywords
China, couplet, Qianlong reign (1736 - 1796), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), slit tapestry, tapestry, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The exquisite quality of the tapestry weaving, which uses fine gold-wrapped thread, and the style of the calligraphy suggest that these scrolls may have belonged to someone at the court. The poem alludes to the abode of immortal beings in order to express the author's gratitude for receiving an imperial summons. Gold calligraphy against a blue ground is a traditional palette for Buddhist sacred texts (sutras). Used for this secular text, the colors likely imparted an aura of reverence...

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