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清晚期 刺繡戲劇人物掛毯
Wall hanging with scene from an opera

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plain-weave wool with animal fibers
Dimensions:
Overall: 128 3/4 x 80 in. (327 x 203.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Fong Chow, 1959
Accession Number:
59.190
Not on view
This wall hanging depicts a battle scene from an opera. A tangle of arms, legs, weapons, and costumes fills the visual space, bringing the drama of the battle to life, and the figures, enlarged to heroic scale, tower over the viewer. The textile makers used animal hair for the middle figure’s beard to add texture and three-dimensionality to the work. This banner might have hung on a stage to provide a background setting for an opera production, or perhaps it decorated another part of a theater.
Fong Chow , New York (until 1959; donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Embroidery of Imperial China," March 15, 1978–May 29, 1978.

New York. St. John's University. "Monkey King, A Celestial Heritage," March 22, 1980–July 3, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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