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Chinese St. Sebastian

Early 18th century Chinese panel with the representation of St. Sebastian. Early 18th century Chinese panel with the representation of St. Sebastian. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, acc. no. T.245-1921.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a silk embroidered panel with a representation of the Christian martyr, St. Sebastian. It dates to the eighteenth or early nineteenth century. The red colour of the background (now faded) corresponds with the colour normally associated in the Roman Catholic Church with martyrdoms.

The panel was made in China or nearby, obviously for a Christian individual or congregation. It measures 172 x 138.2 cm.

V&A online catalogue  (retrieved 25 February 2017).

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