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Silk Embroidered Scroll Painting, China

Silk embroidered scroll painting, China, c. 1860-1880. Silk embroidered scroll painting, China, c. 1860-1880. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, acc. no.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses an embroidered scroll painting from China, which dates to the third quarter of the nineteenth century. It is made of silk and embroidered with silk thread, and measures 160 x 43 cm. The embroidery shows a willow tree, kingfishers and swallows.

Such embroideries were inspired by paintings, and this particular example correspondingly has a poetic stanza in the top left corner. These embroideries were normally hung on the wall on special occasions or during special periods of the year.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 11 November 2016).

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