Period: Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date: 14th century
Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions: 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: 1988.82
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.