This is a long, rectangular panel, possibly created from silk thread embroidery. The main decorative motifs depict a scene of several Chinese figures, both men and women, with some riding on horses. Some of the men are holding on to signs with the Chinese characters of some of the warring states, namely the ‘Han’, ‘Zhao’, ‘Chu’, and ‘Zhao’ states. The scene is also depicted with motifs of cranes, which are symbols of longevity and other birds. The main decorative motifs are filled with gold couched work, which is a technique common in Chinese embroidery. Such large pieces of embroidery were usually produced by professional workshops in China before being shipped to Straits Chinese customers in Southeast Asia.

Early 20th century
Straits Settlements
Gross measurement: 51 x 341.5 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum

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