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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 176

    AN EMBROIDERED YELLOW-GROUND SILK ALTAR FRONTAL

    18TH CENTURY

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    AN EMBROIDERED YELLOW-GROUND SILK ALTAR FRONTAL
    18TH CENTURY
    Finely worked in couched gold threads and satin stitch in tones of red, blue, green, brown, white and black on a golden yellow ground with a yin-yang medallion forming the center of a double vajra in the center amidst an elaborate lotus scroll incorporating three seated figures, the open blooms supporting The Seven Regal Symbols, Chakravatin, below an apron with a flaming jewel in the central panel, flanked by two sets of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, resting on upright sprigs of lotus
    106½ in. (270.5 cm.) long


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    This altar frontal may either have been used on a Lamaist altar within the Palace precincts, or have been presented to a Tibetan Buddhist temple by the court as an Imperial tribute.

    A related 18th century embroidered yellow-ground altar frontal also decorated with the Eight Auspicious Symbols and the Seven Regal Symbols from the Palace Museum collection, Beijing, is illustrated in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795, London, 2005, pp. 138-9, no. 43.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION