A yellow silk embroidered panel, probably from a robe, the unusual decoration depicting a buddhist lion on a rock, surrounded by four mythical animals, a single horned beast, a horse, a goat-like animal and a zebra. The animals with flames rising from their legs indicating their mythical status.
Chinese, Ming dynasty, 16th century
Height of textile: 21 cm
Width of textile: 51 cm
* A near identical panel was exhibited at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, 2004 and illustrated in the catalogue, ‘Celestial Silks’, pl. 63 , by Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies.
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