Textile with the Character for Longevity (Shou)

Date: 17th century

Culture: China

Medium: Brocaded silk satin

Dimensions: Overall: 35 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (90.2 x 34 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1946

Accession Number: 46.133.11


The character for longevity (shou) is here flanked by beribboned swastikas (wan), each signifying ten thousand years. The shape of the textile suggests that it may have been part of a decorative canopy or valance.