Exhibitions/ Art Object

Double-sided Hanging

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
second half of the 18th century
China, for the European market
Silk satin embroidered with silk
Overall: 95 1/4 x 87 1/4 in. (241.9 x 221.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011
Accession Number:
Not on view
The design of the vibrant flowers on this Chinese hanging marks it as an export for Europe. Unlike typical Chinese flowers, their centers dramatically protrude and contrast sharply with the petals, signaling the influence of Indian export textiles with similar floral forms. However, the container of flowers rests on a distinctly Chinese garden rock, stitched in blue and white. Immaculately finished on both sides, the contrasting yellow selvages visible on the red side mark the yellow as the front. The hanging may have been used as a bed curtain, the red side visible to people inside the bed, while the yellow was exposed to the public eye.
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