Textile with the Character for Longevity (Shou)

Date: 17th century

Culture: China

Medium: Brocaded silk satin

Dimensions: Overall: 35 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (90.2 x 34 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1946

Accession Number: 46.133.11

Description

The character for longevity (shou) is here flanked by beribboned swastikas (wan), each signifying ten thousand years. The shape of the textile suggests that it may have been part of a decorative canopy or valance.

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