Banners (Set of Four)

A work made of 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.
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  • A work made of 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.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1750/75

Artist:

Manchu
China

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Artist

Manchu

Title

Banners (Set of Four)

Origin

China

Date

1750–1775

Medium

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

Inscriptions

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.

Dimensions

a: 176 × 22 cm (69 1/4 × 8 5/8 in.) b: 176.8 × 22.1 cm (69 5/8 × 8 5/8 in.) c: 176.2 × 22.1 cm (69 3/8 × 8 5/8 in.) d: 177.1 × 22 cm (69 3/4 × 8 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1964.1048a-d

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