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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    probably 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin silk ground embroidered in silks and gold thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Table hanging. The upper over lap is missing. Black silk satin ground, embroidered with coloured floss silks in satin stitch and gold thread in couched work. The design is composed of vases in connection with literacy and artistic paraphernalia, a composition known as "bagu" (Hundred Antiques). In the middle is a vase filled with peonies and olea fragrans. An oblong pot contains magic fungus, narcissus flowers and nandina berries. There is besides a hanging basket filled with chrysanthemums. There is also a crane holding a peach in its beak, both symbolize longevity. There are also antique bronzes. The couched work pattern running all around borders are known as "leiwen", a very traditional design found on antique bronzes.

Place of Origin

China (made)


probably 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin silk ground embroidered in silks and gold thread


Height: 31 in, Width: 40.25 in

Object history note

Purchased, £3 (1630 to 1634-1901). Registered File number 31783/1901.

Descriptive line

Table hanging, black silk satin with embroidery in silks and gold thread, China, Qing dynasty, probably 18th century


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Gold thread


Embroidered; Satin weave

Subjects depicted

Books; Emblems (symbols); Antiques; Flowers; Magic fungus; Deer


Textiles; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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