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Title

Front facing dragon roundel with imperial yellow background

circa 1750

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Dragon roundel
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → 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
    Copyright

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication