The design on the present lot is usually seen on paintings in hanging scroll format. The theme Xiao Xiang ba jing, or 'Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers', was first mentioned by the Song dynasty scholar Shen Kua (1031-1095) naming scenes depicted in a painting. The eight views are reputedly based on various locations near the Xiao River, Xiang River and the Dongting Lake area in Hunan province.
A large horizontally formatted bamboo blind decorated in the same technique, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was sold at Christie's New York, 20-21 March 1997, lot 210. Two vertical blinds (from a set of five) dated to the Qing dynasty and decorated in the same technique with cranes and phoenix amidst flowers and fruit of the same hanging scroll format were included in the exhibition, Min shin no bijutsu (Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasty), Osaka Municipal Art Museum, 1980, Catalogue, p. 59, no.3-31. A set of four bamboo hangings, decorated in the same technique and in the same format was sold at Christie's New York, 29 November 2006, lot 289.