Throne back cover with dragons chasing a flaming pearl

ALG 2972
Circa 1830
Qing Dynasty, Ningxia
75 cm x 70 cm
2'5" x 2'3"

Judging by the care in the choice of wool, which is always of the finest type, the fine knotting and the use of a variegated palette often composed of many shades of the same colour one can postulate that these throne back covers were indeed items great prestige. The pattern here is composed of three dragons, symbols of power, chasing the flaming pearl, symbolising purity. The ascending border also contain a plethora of auspicious symbols. The rose red wool of the background is most probably dyed with logwood.

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