Tapestry (kesi) of peonies and other flowers

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Historical period(s)
Song dynasty, 960-1279
Medium
Kesi tapestry woven with polychrome silk threads
Dimensions
H x W (image): 86.8 × 37.5 cm (34 3/16 × 14 3/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Costume and Textile, Furniture and Furnishing
Type

Tapestry (kesi) (mounted on modern panel)

Keywords
China, flower, plant, slit tapestry, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), tapestry
Provenance

To 1915
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), London, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, London, in 1915 [2]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 951, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.
This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum