Kesi Silk Hanging
China. Kangxi period.
60″ x 29″ – 152cm x 75cm
A blue ground hanging depicting a court official and attendant. The official wearing a bronze dragon robe (qifu) and hat. The attendant in plane robes carrying a peach representing longevity, the facial details painted.
Note: There is a very similar hanging to this illustrated in Tapestry and Embroidery, in the collection of the Museum of Liaoning Province
The term kesi refers to a pictorial silk tapestry. Kesi’s production began the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127 CE) as a method of weaving that allowed for designs that were independent of loom controlled patterning.