This embroidered altar hanging is organized into three registers. The top and most important register features three auspicious figures known as the Three Stars of Happiness: Happiness (fu), Emoluments and Official Preferments (lu) and in the center, Longevity (shou). They are shown with attendants and various attributes in a garden setting. The middle section, with offering bowls, possibly lay on the horizontal atop an altar table, and the lowest register may have hung down in front of the table.
One kay to the dating of this textile is the fact that each of the two flanking figures on the hanging wears a rank badge bearing a single bird and prominent sun, a style that came into being in the Qing dynasty.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.