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)
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
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.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1988; sold to MMA]
Cleveland Museum of Art. "When Silk Was Gold," October 20, 1997–January 4, 1998.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256–1353," April 13, 2003–July 27, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties," April 1, 2005–July 25, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.