Welcoming Spring

Artist: Unidentified Artist Chinese, 14th–15th century

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: 15th century

Culture: China

Medium: Silk embroidery on silk gauze

Dimensions: 84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.410


In Chinese, both goat and sheep are called yang, a word also associated with growth, warmth, and light. Together with two boys, these animals may be read as a visual pun extending warm wishes for a good New Year. Red seals along both sides of the panel state that it was in the collection of
the emperor Qinalong (r. 1736–95).