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An image of Front facing dragon roundel with brown background by

China

Title
Front facing dragon roundel with brown background
Other titles:
Dragon roundel
Place of origin
China
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
circa 1775
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidery
Dimensions

29.0 x 31.5 x 0.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Judith & Ken Rutherford 2002
Accession number
194.2002
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies (Editors), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 88 (colour ilus.). cat.no. 51

Exhibition history (1)

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