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2005.5.413 - Silk Tapestry Weave Hanging

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Object Typehanging Artistunknown Date Madedate unknown
Accession Number 2005.5.413 Title Silk Tapestry Weave Hanging Category textiles Object Type hanging Artist unknown Date Made date unknown Place Made China Culture Chinese Period Qing 17th century Materials gold wrapped silk thread; silk; silk brocade; lacquer; plexiglas; tapestry weave Materials Glossary Tapestry Weave; Brocade View Materials Glossary Details » View Materials Glossary Details » Measurements overall: 235 cm x 155 cm x 5.4 cm Description
A large kesi, or tapestry weave, hanging that depicts two phoenixes gazing towards one another in a peony-filled garden with scholar's rocks. The male phoenix (feng) is flying above the female (huang), who is standing…
A large kesi, or tapestry weave, hanging that depicts two phoenixes gazing towards one another in a peony-filled garden with scholar's rocks. The male phoenix (feng) is flying above the female (huang), who is standing on a rock. The male phoenix has five long serrated tail feathers and the female phoenix has curling tail feathers. Phoenixes are considered to be the highest-ranking birds in Chinese culture and they are a much-utilized auspicious symbol in textiles, garments and paintings. They are often paired with peonies and relay a message of good fortune, richness, honour and springtime.
Credit Line Gift of Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart
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© 2020 University of Alberta

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"2005.5.413 - Silk Tapestry Weave Hanging, Mactaggart Art Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/21-19635. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.