Silk, slit tapestry weave with interlaced outlining wefts; painted details in colors, black, and with gold leaf; outer scroll top: silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with supplementary patterning wefts and self-patterned by ground weft floats; scroll wrapper: silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with 1:2 'S' twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts and self-patterned by main warp and ground weft floats; rayon and cotton ties; scroll wrapper lined with silk, warp-float faced 2:1 'S' twill weave self-patterned by areas of plain weave
Inscription translation: Hail to the jewel-lotus
May there be the auspicious blessings of the Three Jewels
Which [bring] well-being in the daytime, well-being at night,
And also well-being at midday—Well-being always day and night!
371.1 × 126.2 cm (146 × 49 3/4 in.)
Wrapper: 128.4 × 42.1 cm (50 1/2 × 16 1/2 in.)
Cover repeat: 56.4 × 12 cm (22 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.)
Lining repeat (width): 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Gift of Ma Chang Kee to the Buckingham Collection
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), pp. 28-9, 59.cat. no. 19, pl. IX.
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.
Salem, MA, Peabody Essex Museum, The Last Empresses of China, August 18, 2018-February 10, 2019.
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