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Dragon’s Roar

Our latest arrivals showcase eye-catching motifs and bright colors that let you be bold

Visits to The Met’s serene galleries of Asian art helped us conceive of our newest arrivals, exciting new selections for our spring season. 

Right: 清晚期 三品武官豹子補 (Rank badge with leopard). China, Qing dynasty. Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin; 12 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.; 19th century. Anonymous Gift, 1946 (46.133.54). Left, from top: Qing Leopard Square Scarf, $125; Qing Leopard Diamond Scarf, $38

 

Two brightly colored scarves—in a versatile, large-format square as well as a smaller diamond version—adapt a late 18th–early 19th-century silk badge in The Met collection. The fanciful leopard at the center of the embroidered textile indicated the third military rank during the late Qing dynasty.

By imperial Ming dynasty decree of 1391, decorative embroidered squares were sewn on the garments of Chinese government officials. Often of the finest workmanship and materials, the bird or animal on the badge signified the official’s rank. You can evoke the exquisite embroidery and beautifully preserved tones of these textiles in our set of cocktail napkins, perfect for adding a touch of color to your next party.

Left: 清康熙 妝花龍紋門簾 (Door valance and side panels with dragons). China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Silk and metallic thread brocade, 79 × 39 in., 17th–18th century. Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1977 (1977.2a–e). Right, from top: Dragon Women’s Socks, $15; Dragon and Butterfly Collage Tote, $235; Embellished Dragon Clutch, $130

 

As you shop our latest products, it will be hard to escape a magnificent dragon that we couldn’t stop thinking about. Lending its curvy form to patches, small wallets, barware, and other standout products, this sinewy figure has quite a backstory.

We’ve adapted the striking dragon from an embroidered, silk-brocade door valance and side panels (17th–18th century) in The Met collection, which may have once hung in an imperial residence. In Chinese mythology, the dragon has a number of positive associations. Here, it primarily signifies the emperor as the Son of Heaven and the intercessor between heaven and earth on behalf of the people. Here’s an auspicious way to accessorize your outfit or enhance your home—and step in to the season in a bold, fresh way. Spring is no time to be shy.

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