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Bridal Bed Curtains

Qing dynasty


In China, it was appropriate for bridal attire and furnishings to be embellished with imperial symbols. The phoenix, which represents the empress, and the dragon, representing the emperor, here symbolize the bride and groom, the balance between masculine and feminine, and the yin and yang.

A number of auspicious Buddhist and Daoist symbols are depicted here: clouds symbolize good fortune and happiness; bats represent blessings, happiness and good fortune; paired fish symbolize the union of happiness; roses (at each end) are considered flowers of lasting springtime; peaches (in center) represent long life.

Object Information

nationality
Chinese
dynasty
Qing dynasty
creation date
about 1820
materials
silk
dimensions
78 x 70 in. (each)
accession number
80.43A-B
credit line
Gift of the Asian Art Society of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors