Silk, slit and dovetailed tapestry weave with interlaced outlining wefts; painted details
Inscription (translation): Among flowers there is one named orchid.
Its color is purple; its leaves protect the flower from the winds,
Like a red bird among the many layered mountain peaks,
It is difficult to perceive the dawn. Therefore purple orchid, which has not seen the sun in Chinwang Pu's list of all the flowers,
When I saw this flower, I used its color to sketch this supplement to the floral history. Written by imperial command in the peaches [third] month of the quiwei year  of the Qianlong [emperor]
83.1 × 46.4 cm (32 3/4 × 18 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. William J. Calhoun through The Antiquarian Society
Extended information about this artwork
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. Cat. no. 18, Plate VIII, pp. 27, 58, 86.
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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