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Silk, embroidered
KM 7915
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is an embroidered silk of very high quality. The yellow colour combined with the extremely delicate embroidery implies that this silk was made for Imperial use.

History of the Object
The origin of this embroidery is unknown. It is however of extremely high quality. It is likely to have been used in the Imperial court. The embroidery shows a figure that is important in Chinese art – the dragon. It is a five-clawed dragon called Long. The dragon has been one of the symbols in Chinese mythology for at least six thousand years. Being a symbol of wit, ambition and good fortune the Chinese dragon differs from other dragons on earth. The dragon symbolizes power. Thus, it was the emblem of the Chinese emperor and of China. It stands for wit, intelligence, power, vitality, ambition and good fortune. Every time a dragon exhales a cloud is formed that is the source for rain on earth. The traditional dragon dance was hence a rain dance. The dragon moves between the sea and heaven. Thunder and lightning is the result of dragons fighting. The dragon is the guardian of a holy pearl that can make any wish come true and emits a never-fading light.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silk, embroidered 
Measurements
Width 76 cm Height 72 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 20th Century; Qing Dynasty 
Function
Has probably been a part of a cushion cover. 
Acquisition
Bought from an antique dealer in 1893 
Copyright
Kulturen in Lund (photo Viveca Ohlsson) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Kulturen in Lund 
Museum
The Museum of Cultural History, Lund 
Credit line
 

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