A blue ground silk kesi scroll, depicting the Minister of Official Personnel Affairs and a boy holding a large peach. The official wearing a Ming court hat and robe. The costume, red in colour, indicating the official dynastic Ming colour and appropriate to an official of the first three ranks. The dragon robe decorated with with a central five-clawed dragon coiled around the shoulders onto the chest and flanked by smaller four-clawed dragons to the lower skirt and arms, all chasing flaming pearls. The background of flowers and leaves above a water and rock border. The official carrying a ruyi sceptre, indicative of his office and resting his hand on the head of a young boy who holds a large peach.
The kesi is woven horizontally, rather than in the usual vertical manner. This was a style of weaving adopted in the Kangxi period for a number of court weavings.
*A silk kesi of the identical subject, very slightly larger in size, is in the Museum of Liaoning Province and is illustrated in ‘Tapestry and Embroidery in the Collection of the Museum of Liaoning Province’, no, 31-32, published by Gakken Co. Ltd., Tokyo, 1983. ISBN no. 4-05-004867-1.
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