Silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk, peacock-feather-wrapped silk, gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, and gold-leaf-over-lacquered paper in surface satin stitches; laid work and couching; appliquéd with forms of silk, plain weaves between two layers of paper, some with gold- and silver-leaf-over-lacquered paper, and embroidered with silk in chain and knot stitches, needle looping with laid thread and darned bars, and silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, laid work and couching; edged with cotton, plain weave; lined with ramie, plain weave; metal button
Inscription translation (on front border, lower left): Purchased by Ji Benli [for use at the] Wuhang miao [Taoist temple/shrine] in the quichao year of the Qianlong [emperor] [i.e., 1793]; (on front border, lower right): Purchased by Ji Benli [for use at] the Xuanzhen Guan [Taoist monastery] on an auspicious day of the peaches [third] month of quichao year of the Qianlong [emperor] [i.e., 1793]. Made by Zhang Wenda of Haichan.
139.6 × 156.2 cm (55 × 61 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Alexander F. Stevenson through the Antiquarian Society
Extended information about this artwork
Art Institute of Chicago. Ming-Ch‘ing dynasties, a.d. 1368–1644, a.d. 1644–1912 (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1964).
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. 7, 41-3, 69, 84, cat. no. 47, pl. XXV.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Ming Ch'ing: The Arts of China 14th–20th Century, August 7–October 11, 1964
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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