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Title

Front facing dragon roundel with imperial yellow background

circa 1750


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The background colour of imperial yellow and the medallion in the centre top of the first roundel indicate that it would have been used by a member of the imperial clan. The five claw dragon is floating in a cosmic setting surrounded by cloud forms in the auspicious colours. The mountain forms in the bottom waves represent the earth. Five bats represent the five states of happiness: long life, wealth, tranquillity, love, virtue and a peaceful death which crowns a lifetime of accomplishment. The roundel is brocade which would probably have been woven at the Cloud Brocade Institute in Nanjing.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 29 May 2002.


Details


Other Title

Dragon roundel


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 1750


Media category

Textile


Materials used

embroidery


Dimensions

31.9 x 30.0 x 0.2 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Judith & Ken Rutherford 2002


Location

Not on display


Accession number

193.2002



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies (Editors), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 86 (colour ilus.), 87. cat.no. 50