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Massive 20' Chinese Qing Silk Embroidered Room Banner

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: Item # 1160672
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Measuring a staggering 20 feet, 3 inches in length, this Chinese late Qing dynasty Guangxu period red silk horizontal room banner or temple hanging is embroidered in metallic-couched and polychrome silk threads with many types of birds, including phoenix, pheasants, peacock, and a mandarin duck, placed among gold-couched flowers, fruit, and leafy branches. Metal and mirror accents are scattered throughout the embroidery. Two vertical lines of black embroidered calligraphy divide the banner into three sections. The calligraphy includes the date of 1911 in Chinese cycle years. A blue embroidered panel across the bottom is bordered by three ribbon bands holding metal and mirror accents. Colorful tassles hang from the bottom. A tan cotton border is at the top. Measures 42” high (27 ½” excluding the tassles and top border). This textile is in remarkably pristine condition with virtually no fading evident and intact embroidery. There is a single tear in the top border. The silk lining has some minor areas of pigment transference but they do not show through to the front. This textile is from a Green Valley, Arizona collection. It was originally acquired from a Chinese gambling house in Oregon that was being demolished.