A KESI BLUE-GROUND DOUBLE DRAGON ROUNDEL
DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)
Woven in fine gold thread in the center with a wanshou symbol flanked by ascending and descending gold dragons surrounded by bats in flight amidst clouds, all in shades of blue, coral, yellow and white on a midnight-blue ground
12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) diam., mounted
The wanshou symbol refers to a formal greeting of 'ten thousand years' given to the emperor, while the pair of ascending and descending dragons represent the polarity of yin and yang.
The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume And Textiles From The Linda Wrigglesworth Collection