Tapestry panel with the character for longevity (shou), Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 18th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi); Overall 95 x 57 1/2 in. (241.3 x 146.1 cm)
Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein–Spielvogel, 1984 (1984.353)
Woven in gold with the character for longevity (shou), this bold eight-foot-tall tapestry panel was appropriate for display at birthday celebrations. The character is sensitively expressed, preserving a sense of the calligraphic brushstrokes used to write the character.