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
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.
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John E. Vollmer, “Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago,” published in conjunction with the exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26, no. 2 (2000): 29-30, 59, 91, cat. 20, plate X.
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, Sept. 13, 2000–Jan. 2, 2001, cat. 20.
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