Silk, slit tapestry weave with interlaced outlining wefts; painted details in colors, black, and with gold leaf; outer scroll top: silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with supplementary patterning wefts and self-patterned by ground weft floats; scroll wrapper: silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with 1:2 'S' twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts and self-patterned by main warp and ground weft floats; rayon and cotton ties; scroll wrapper lined with silk, warp-float faced 2:1 'S' twill weave self-patterned by areas of plain weave
Inscription translation: Hail to the jewel-lotus
May there be the auspicious blessings of the Three Jewels
Which [bring] well-being in the daytime, well-being at night,
And also well-being at midday—Well-being always day and night!
371.1 × 126.2 cm (146 × 49 3/4 in.)
Wrapper: 128.4 × 42.1 cm (50 1/2 × 16 1/2 in.)
Cover repeat: 56.4 × 12 cm (22 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.)
Lining repeat (width): 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Gift of Ma Chang Kee to the Buckingham Collection
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John E. Vollmer, “Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago,” published in conjunction with the exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26, no. 2 (2000): 28-9, 59, cat. 19, plate IX.
Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago, Sept. 13, 2000–Jan. 2, 2001, cat. 19.
Salem, MA, Peabody Essex Museum, The Last Empresses of China, Aug. 18, 2018-Feb. 10, 2019.
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