Chinese Textiles: Eight Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection
Unidentified Artist (Chinese, 14th–15th century). Welcoming Spring (detail), 15th century. Ming dynasty (1368–1644). China. Silk embroidery on silk gauze; 84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.410)
Eight Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection
This installation, which explores the cultural importance of silk in China, will showcase the most important and unusual textiles from the Museum's collection. In addition to three rare pieces dating from the Tang dynasty (618–906), when China served as a cultural hub linking Korea and Japan to Central and West Asia, and, ultimately to the Mediterranean world, the exhibition also includes eleventh- and twelfth-century tapestries from Central Asia, as well as contemporaneous Chinese examples of this technique.
Spectacular embroideries—including an imperial fourteenth-century canopy decorated with phoenixes and flowers, and a monumental late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century panel showing phoenixes in a garden—will also be on view, together with theatrical garments, court costumes, and early examples of badges worn at court to designate rank.