Ten-panel folding screen; embroidery, gold silk threads on black silk
Each panel: 147.3 x 34.5 cm (58 x 13 9/16 in.); Overall framed: 224.9 x 493.2 cm (88 9/16 x 194 3/16 in.)
Gift of the Honorable Joseph P. Carroll, KM, and Roberta Carroll, M.D., in recognition of the contribution of Marjorie Williams to the development of The Cleveland Museum of Art 2020.86
The written text that accompanies each bronze vessel depicted in this embroidered screen expresses the idea of evoking good fortune and wishing for many children.
This embroidered folding screen depicts a set of bronze vessels. While the subject of bronze vessels is part of mainstream male elite culture, which centered on ancestral rituals, the written text that accompanies each bronze vessel expresses the idea of evoking good fortune and wishing for many children. The is perhaps related to the idea that those who diligently perform rituals for the spirit of ancestors could have all their aspirations realized.
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