Jiaqing Period (1796-1820) Chinese Imperial fabric of 5 cranes among clouds. Made of woven silk; some fraying; wet mounted to acid free Japanese paper. The number 5 is an unbreakable number. As such, it is a perfect metaphor for the eternal character of Imperial stability and station. Also, in the Buddhist world there are 5 Wisdom Kings who are the Axis Mundi (the world axis). There are various places and uses for such a fabric. Perhaps it was used as part of a hanging fabric decorating part of an Imperial chamber.
Age: Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing Period (1796-1820)
Size: fabric 26" x 37", framed 31-7/8" x 42-1/4"
This work of art is currently framed