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.