The "Hundred Antiques" in Chinese Textiles

February 8–July 30, 2006

The "hundred antiques," a Chinese decorative pattern that can include antiquities, scholars' objects, and three-dimensional decorative arts of all types, became popular during the seventeenth century. Especially common in the decorative arts of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), some of the "hundred antiques" were incorporated into patterns of rebuses for auspicious wishes. This installation highlights examples of dress and furnishing textiles from the Museum's collection dating from the seventeenth century to the late Qing dynasty, decorated with the "hundred antiques" pattern.