Embroidered Altar Frontal
The dragon and phoenix (fenghuang) are two important symbols in Chinese culture. The dragon brings strength, power, and good luck, while the phoenix brings grace and high virtue. The dragon represents masculinity, and the phoenix represents femininity, and together they create balance.
In this altar frontal they are surrounded by clouds and flowers in a scatter design. The red wool ground indicates that it was used for a happy celebration- such as weddings, family gatherings, and holidays.The silk embroidery done in Satin stitch technique while the metallic thread is couched. Backed with pain woven cotton.Silk macrame fringe at bottom.
Circa: 19th century
Material: Wool with Silk and Metallic Embroidery
Condition: Minor moth damage, some embroidery worn, stains to the backing, fair condition
Dimensions: 70" wide x 34" without fringe, 43" with fringe
Inventory number: TX4959