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An image of Front facing dragon roundel with imperial yellow background by

China

Title
Front facing dragon roundel with imperial yellow background
Other titles:
Dragon roundel
Place of origin
China
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
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
Accession number
193.2002
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (1)

Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jul 2004–24 Oct 2004