Length: 37 inches, 94 cm
Width: 26 1/2 inches, 67.5 cm


Kesi silk panel with dragon

China, second half Ming dynasty, 16th/17 century

A silk panel embroidered in kesi technique, depicting a front-facing five-clawed dragon, chasing a flaming pearl among ruyi-shaped cloud scrolls. The panel is executed in blue, red, green, white and pink on a mustard yellow ground.

This wonderful panel is executed in the kesi technique, a complicated tapestry technique, which began to flourish in China between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries.  This panel with its wonderful five-clawed dragon might have been designed originally as a chair cover.