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yi pi
Date: late 19th century
Dimensions: 163 x 66 cm (64 3/16 x 26 in.)
Medium: silk, ramie
Made in: China
Description: This yi pi is assembled from four panels of silk, each with a blue twill ground and weft patterning in a warm metallic silver colour. White wefts are used in places for the dragons’ eyes. The motifs in the centre are two baskets of peaches along with bats and shou characters, flying cranes and clouds all of which represent the theme of longevity. Four large five-clawed dragons fly over the sea whilst other smaller dragons emerge from the waves along with a number of Buddhist precious objects. The border is made from the same fabric as the rest of the chair cover and is trimmed with black satin. The back lining is of grey plain woven ramie fabric.
Inv. No.: 138

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