Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date: 17th century
Medium: Silk, feather, and metallic thread embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions: 21 1/8 x 46 in. (53.7 x 116.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Marvin S. Traub, 1972
Accession Number: 1972.36
This fragment of a larger embroidered textile utilizes polychrome silks and two other types of thread. Gold metallic thread is especially prominent in the background, and thread made from peacock feathers wrapped around a silk core is seen in the scales of the dragon.