Hanging, red satin, embroidered

Presentation Banner for a Birthday, 1849

Unknown artist, expand_more

Embroidered satinexpand_more

Gift of Mr. William E. Colbyexpand_more  55.46

Not on Viewexpand_more

Dated by inscription to the summer of 1849, this large commemorative handing shows semi-official symbols (dragon and phoenix) and a family ritual scene it its upper register. Red is a festive and auspicious color to the Chinese. It is prominent in decorations for birthdays, anniversaries, and New Year's celebrations. Major birthdays were celebrated at the age of 60, 70, and 80 years and hangings such as this were commissioned by prominent families to honor one or more of their elders. Exceptionally large and colorful banners carrying lengthy lauditory inscriptions were focal points of important family celebrations.

Presentation Banner for a Birthday
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Hanging, red satin, embroidered