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Silken tapestry
RKM 53-1957
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The tapestry is exquisitely executed and a true masterpiece of the Röhsska Museum collection. Several of the tapestry’s patterned sections are partially painted, a phenomenon that became ever more common during the nineteenth century. It was probably manufactured around 1830 when the Qian Long (Ch´ien-ling) style enjoyed a renaissance. Josefin Kilner, Curator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
We know that the Chinese were able to weave silk as early as 206 BC. The technique came out of the west and was developed in the different regions. The most common areas of use for woven silk were purses, fans, Mandarin squares, coats and doorway curtains. The Chinese method of weaving was very time consuming as the thin silk features were introduced by hand and do not run across the warp from edge to edge. This piece of silken tapestry from the Röhsska Museum collection is probably part of a cushion cover or screen. The tapestry has a yellow base and the broad border has a tight pattern of chrysanthemums, lotuses and tree peonies in thick foliage. The swastika appears individually and in the mouths of the small, red bats. The swastika symbolizes best wishes for honour and a long life. The entire panel has a geometrical, braided pattern in blue against a yellow background. Toward the bottom are prominent, five-clawed, coiling dragons, one face-on in the centre with a fiery pearl, and five in profile on each side.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk 
Measurements
97x134 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca 1830 
Function
This piece of silken tapestry from the Röhsska Museum collection is probably part of a cushion cover or screen. 
Acquisition
Acquired from Dr. Jan Ollers collection; a gift from the Friends of the Röhsska Museum of Arts and Crafts. 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
Credit line
Gift from the Friends of the Röhsska Museum of Arts and Crafts. 

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