This embroidered panel is created using the Pekinese stitch or Peking knots and metallic thread couching. Gold thread couching is used here to highlight and outline the motifs on this piece. Couching is a technique in which the materials are laid on the surface of a ground fabric and kept in place with stitches of the same or different thread. This panel is decorated with motifs of peony blossoms, phoenixes and stags. These are auspicious symbols in Chinese culture. Stags symbolise longevity. Phoenixes represent virtue and grace, while peony blossoms depict wealth and prosperity. The auspicious symbols on this panel suggest it was used in wedding ceremonies. This piece could also possibly be an altar hanging used in traditional Chinese weddings.