Panel with Phoenixes and Flowers

Period: Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Date: 14th century

Culture: China

Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: 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

Accession Number: 1988.82


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.