Late Ming Dynasty Shoulao and Deer Embroidery Panel

Mid 17th Century


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A large silk embroidery from the late Ming, early Qing dynasty.

  • Embroidered in shades of gold, blue, pale green and orange accentuated with couched gold threads.
  • The immortal Shoulao with twinkling eyes and a pleasant smile, and the face padded to emphasize the cranial bump, cheeks and nose.
  • His hands and long fingernails cradle a large ripe peach with a gnarled staff suspending a scroll tucked between his arm and chest.
  • Dressed in a voluminous robe decorated with emblems of longevity including cranes and shou characters, a double-gourd and lingzhi dangling from the robeand a spotted deer carrying peaches on its back, looking up.
  • The use of padding to model Shoulao's face in relief is a relatively rare technique amongst panels of this type. Highlighting his pronounced forehead, cranial bump, smiling cheeks and rounded nose, the modeling adds to the figure's charm and character, drawing attention against the rest of the flattened ground. 
  • This piece is final sale and not eligible for return.

Acquired in China circa early 20th century, and thence by descent.

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The embroidery has been remounted on a cream-colored silk ground.

The left foreleg of the deer is lost.

Overall with minor scattered areas of losses, fraying, staining and slight discoloration.

The piece has not been examined out of its frame.

Height: 55 inches / 139.7 cm
Width: 29.75 inches / 75.56 cm
Decorative Style
Asian Decorative Arts
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