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Rondel with the motif of a young boy on a unicorn
Place of Origin: China
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions: Diam. 6 3/8 in, Diam. 16.2 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Miss Katherine Ball
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Textiles
Object Number: 1988.8
On Display: No

Description

Label: In China the mythical unicorn (qilin) is believed to be a bringer of sons. Here a young boy in princely costume carries a mouth organ (sheng, which sounds like the word for "giving birth") and a stalk of osmanthus flowers (guihua; "flower of nobility"). The combined motif is therefore a pun symbolizing the continuous birth of noble sons (liansheng guizi).

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Exhibition History: "Asian Embroideries", Asian Art Museum, 4/6/1988 - 7/12/1988
Label: In China the mythical unicorn (qilin) is believed to be a bringer of sons. Here a young boy in princely costume carries a mouth organ (sheng, which sounds like the word for "giving birth") and a stalk of osmanthus flowers (guihua; "flower of nobility"). The combined motif is therefore a pun symbolizing the continuous birth of noble sons (liansheng guizi).
Exhibition History: "Asian Embroideries", Asian Art Museum, 4/6/1988 - 7/12/1988