Hanging with Figures from a Chinese Opera: probably Fighting at the Four Gates of the City

Hanging with Figures from a Chinese Opera: probably Fighting at the Four Gates of the City

1800s
Country
China
hanging, opera
Silk and metal thread embroidery on wool
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of William Sterne, by exchange
1950.1
. Hanging with Figures from a Chinese Opera: probably Fighting at the Four Gates of the City. 1800s. Silk and metal thread embroidery on wool. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of William Sterne, by exchange. 1950.1.
Dimensions
height: 49 in, 124.4600 cm; width: 133 in, 337.8200 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Liu Jinding, the maiden warrior shown at center, is the heroine of this story which unfolds prior to the founding of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). While seeking a husband, she engaged and defeated in battle the man who would become her spouse, Gao Junbao, pictured to her right. Through combats, trials, and near death experience, love prevails against all odds. This message, coupled with events in the story that embody loyalty to the State and filial piety, makes this opera a favorite to perform at wedding banquets.
Known Provenance
Exchanged December 1950 via Sarkisian's, Denver, CO and Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)