Dragon Cuff Fragment
Five-clawed dragons were reserved for use by the imperial family in 19th century China. This fragment is a part of a cuff that once decorated a sleeve of a robe worn by someone of high status. The dragon is reaching for the pearl of wisdom, surrounded by clouds and a bat, with water below it.
The decorating technique is called Ko-su which is a complicated, labor intensive form of tapestry weave.
Circa: Late 19th Century
Dimensions: 11.25" x 4"
Inventory number: TX5030