The background colour in the roundel is brown. The five claw dragon is surrounded by clouds of auspicious colours and rolling waves which have colour gradations. The most significant colours for high ranking members of the Imperial Family were 'yellow', followed by 'apricot' and 'brown'. The 1759 edict of the Qianlong Emperor stipulated that garments for the imperial family should have clouds of five colours as omens of happy augury. This theme has been taken up with this roundel with cloud forms of gold, pink, green, dark blue and borders of white.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 29 May 2002.
Place where the work was made
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
29.0 x 31.5 x 0.2 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Judith & Ken Rutherford 2002
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jul 2004–24 Oct 2004
Referenced in 1 publication
Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies (Editors), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 88 (colour ilus.). cat.no. 51