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Valance

Valance

  • Place of origin:

    Yunnan (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton, embroidered with cotton thread in cross-stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Mary Lumsden

  • Museum number:

    T.125-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wedding valance of white cotton, embroidered with blue cotton thread in cross-stitch. The design consists of five roundels of animals and human figures.

A large fish, perhaps a carp, and what look like a pair of cats dominate the roundel. The carp carries the meaning of fertility because it lays many eggs. The cats can be read as 'twin happiness'.

Place of Origin

Yunnan (made)

Date

1880-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton, embroidered with cotton thread in cross-stitch

Dimensions

Length: 182.9 cm, Width: 34.3 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1927/4170.

Descriptive line

Valance, white cotton with embroidery in blue cotton thread, Yunnan province, China, 1880-1920

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity. Chinese Textiles, 2nd edition, London: V&A Publications, 2005, plate 75, p. 68.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Figure, human; Animals

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Marriage

Collection

East Asia Collection

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