screens embroidered with Chinese characters in muted colors against faded blue background; screens are mounted within larger frame, two per frame (R panel in frame)

Embroidered Panels with Design of the Chinese Characters for “Longevity” and “Good Fortune”, 18th-19th century

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Each of these six panels features twenty-four Chinese characters, alternating between the characters for “longevity” (壽) and “good fortune” (福). The characters, embroidered in gold thread on a light-blue ground, represent a wide variety of scripts. Some are traditional, while others are less orthodox, including characters whose brushstrokes are formed by stylized bamboo, fish, or birds.

These panels—probably from a set of eight or ten panels mounted individually or as a folding screen—would have been used as an auspicious backdrop for a sixtieth birthday celebration. The sixtieth year (called hwangap in Korean), marking one’s survival through a full sexagenary cycle (the twelve-pronged, sixty-year zodiac calendar), receives special commemoration in many cultures within the Chinese cultural sphere, even today.

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Embroidered Panels with Design of the Chinese Characters for “Longevity” and “Good Fortune”
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Accession Number
2015.79.522.6
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 947
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screens embroidered with Chinese characters in muted colors against faded blue background; screens are mounted within larger frame, two per frame (R panel in frame)