In Praise of Three Stars (Translation)
清乾隆 缂絲加繡乾隆御題三星圖頌軸 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

1782-1792
Chinese
Scrolls
Textiles-Tapestry
Hanging scroll; cut-silk (kesi) tapestry with silk and metallic threads, embroidery, painted design
Suzhou, Zhejiang province, China
Overall (including jade knobs): 150 5/8 × 58 3/8 in. (382.588 × 148.273 cm)
Overall (excluding knobs): 52 in. (132.08 cm)
Image (including inscription): 101 7/8 × 42 1/2 in. (258.763 × 107.95 cm)
Image (excluding inscription): 86 7/8 in. (220.663 cm)
Image (with mounting border of lotus): 112 1/2 × 52 in. (285.751 × 132.08 cm)
Overall (old dimensions, excluding jade knobs): 149 × 52 3/8 in. (378.46 × 133.03 cm)
64.41
Not on view
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
Woven date and signature of Emperor Qianlong, upper left: 乾隆壬寅清和月御筆 (By Imperial Bursh, April of the renyin year of the Qianlong reign)
Five woven seals of Emperor Qianlong across the tapestry: 乾隆御筆,古稀天子之寶,祕殿珠林, 猶日孜孜, 宜子孫
Woven inscription of "In Praise of Three Stars," a prose by Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795): 三星图颂 箕畴五福,居一斯寿。富即禄也,继而为偶。曰寿曰禄,资福以受,必有司焉。丽天拱斗,旭日和风,松苍花茂。境乎仙乎,神霄携手,相好天福,垂黻佩玖。司禄抱子,肫然慈母。众星唯寿,如现于酉。岳岳彬彬,紫垣三友。锡祉延龄,佑我九有。于万亿年,视此丝绺。乾隆壬寅清和月御笔
Gift of Mr. Christopher T. Chenery
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, VMFA, October 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Li, Jian, Li He, Hou-mei Sung, and Ma Shengnan. Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing. Richmond, VA.: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014. Exhibition catalog. (No. 86, p. 118-119).
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