Chinese Silk Valence

Chinese Imperial Silk Valence, mid to late 19th century. Possibly used in a Chinese Buddhist context in a temple or in an official Imperial setting. CHINA.

A long, horizontal yellow silk panel, woven with three large five-clawed dragons, with serpentine bodies, each chasing a flaming pearl, separated by a Buddhist emblem.

The scales, head and paws of the dragons are woven in flat gilded paper with flat silvered paper strip outlines. The dragons are placed among small scattered clouds in a Northern Buddhist style, worked in shades of blue, green and red silks.

Measurements: approximately 25 feet by 3 feet.

Generally in very good condition, with some fraying along the edges, and small stains.

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