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元 團鳳紋繡片
Panel with Phoenixes and Flowers

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
14th century
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze
Overall: 56 3/8 x 53 in. (143.2 x 134.6 cm) Mount: 60 5/8 x 57 5/8 x 3 in. (154 x 146.3 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Gift, Louis V. Bell and Rogers Funds, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, in honor of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, 1988
Accession Number:
Not on view
A marvelous embroidery work, this canopy represents two powerful phoenixes that strongly resemble a fourteenth-century stone relief panel unearthed in Dadu, the capital city of the Yuan dynasty (now Beijing). Although the precise function is unclear, it may have been designed as canopy for use in a tent by a member of the ruling Mongol family.
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