bridal bed curtains

 
Nationality
Chinese
Creation date
Dynasty
Qing dynasty
Materials
silk
Dimensions
78 x 70 in. (each)
Credit line
Gift of the Asian Art Society of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number
80.43A-B
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.

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