Hanging banner

The large red banner is decorated with images of Chinese figures. A goddess with a halo designed like peacock feathers sits astride a fawn, accompanied by two female figures. Her hands are lift up with fingernails that are almost talon-like. These symbols suggest that the banner is depicting Magu, a Daoist goddess known to symbolise beauty and longevity, therefore a popular motif for birthday banners like this. What makes this cloth particularly unusual are cherub angels that border the Chinese figures. Such cherubs are borrowed from Western Christian imagery, and it is highly unusual to find such designs on a textile that is often hung over a Chinese deity altar

Date/Period
early - mid 20th century
Region
China
Dimension
Gross Measurement: 247.4 x 146.2 cm
Accession No.
2016-00034
Material
Embroidered thread, silk
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Textiles