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.


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