China, Tibet and East Turkestan

Throne back cover with dragons chasing a flaming pearl
Northern China
Qing Dynasty
Circa 1830
75 x 70 cm (29.5 x 27.5 in.)

Knot count: 8 H x 9 V = 72 kpsi
Colours: rose red, soft pink, dark blue, medium blue, light blue, lemon yellow, light yellow, dark brown, ivory (9)
Condition: very good. Full pile overall, with original sides. Arch and lower end are bound in a beige fabric. There is a small stitched tear (7 cm/3 inches long) on the left hand shoulder.
Notes: Judging by the care in the choice of wool, which is always of the finest type, the fine knotting and the use of a variegated palette often composed of many shades of the same colour one can postulate that these throne back covers were indeed items great prestige. The pattern here is composed of three dragons, symbols of power, chasing the flaming pearl, symbolising purity. The ascending border also contain a plethora of auspicious symbols. The rose red wool of the background is most probably dyed with logwood.



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