Silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, slit tapestry weave with eccentric and interlaced outlining wefts; painted details; lined with silk, 4:1 satin damask weave; metal fittings
Inscription (translation): a: From all directions the smoke of the solar eclipse is dissipated as light dawns again, Like frozen candles the Eastern Emperor's full shining transport is crystallized into the Three Asterisms [sun, moon and stars]; Auspicious clouds gather around Mount Song, boundless felicitations!; b: Glorious flower-red candles emit blue-green smoke, As we gaze upon the strung pearls of the Northern Dipper; Shadows flicker, the zhu dragon shakes its head, As we worship the nine layers of the heavens on high.; c: The kingfisher-green of orchid and tea plants becomes luxuriant in season, How luminous! How full! their radiance is everywhere,
Filling the hills of cypress and pine.; d: The light of spring reveals the radiance of the elements [three fives]; Looking at the fire of this year's cassia and the smoke of this year's orchids, They are still no match for the radiance which soars to the jade throne.
The Art Institute of Chicago. “Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago.” Museum Studies, vol. 26, no. 2 (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000), pp. 29-30, 59, 91, cat. no. 20, pl. X.
The 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, September 13, 2000–January 2, 2001
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