Ming Imperial Dragon Carpet, China, c. 1600, forward-facing dragon wrapped around a flaming pearl floating on a field of clouds, 11 ft. 4 in. x 11 ft. 11 in.
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Note: This piece belongs to a group of rugs believed to have been woven for the Imperial Palace in Beijing during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Though it is difficult to offer a precise date for the carpet, stylistic likenesses to textiles in the tomb of the emperor Wanli (1573-1620) suggest a date of the late 16th or early 17th century. Wool pile on a foundation of silk warps and cotton wefts. Literature: Hali, no. 109, London 2020.
The Jim Dixon Collection, to benefit the Krishnamurti Foundation of America
Though technically a fragment, the carpet is probably only missing its borders and is in good condition for its age. There is some restoration throughout the field which is high quality, but the colors don't always match the original colors perfectly.
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