Temple Curtain


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Temple Curtain   (1984.16.0046)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Ceremonial Artifacts
  4. :
  5. Religious Objects
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 1880 – 1911
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 106.7 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 105.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.2 cm
Weight 136 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Textile--Silk, Metal--Gold
Manufacturing Processes Weaving
Munsell Color Information Olive Gray (5Y 4/1 ) -ns Grayish Redish Orange ( 2.5YR 5/6 ) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Temple cloth, scalloped edge. Upper register: Bats, clouds, mountain palaces in circles. Lower register: Four-clawed dragons with embroidered gold metallic scales amidst flaming pearls and clouds fly over sea/waves. Grey ground with orange floral border. Repaired for exhibit. Remarks by Prof. Pat Embrey, East Asian Languages and Cultures: 1) The symbolism on the cloth is imperial--the dragons and the waves on the bottom of the cloth. 2) The tapestry weave is called k'o-ssu. 3) The piece would most likely have hung in a doorway. She said it was strange that it was called a "temple cloth."

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of George E. and Cynthia M. Anner
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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