Important silk Panel, Kesi
Ming dynasty, China, 1368-1644
Woven in coloured silk mounted on panel and framed Measurements : 53 x 34 cm (kesi)
Provenance : Jacqueline Simcox, London
A rare red silk kesi woven with an exuberant five clawed dragon amongst clouds, with red flames streaming out behind him. One foreleg stretched upwards, with claws extended towards a flaming pearl.
Red was the dynastic colour of the Ming dynasty and a dragon with five claws was reserved only for the imperial family and those of high rank. The dragon was emblematic of the emperor, who was also the representative of the sun on earth; the pearl represented the moon.
Price : 12 000 euros