Messerschmidt, Lydia (2014) The analysis and conservation of a Chinese silk birthday hanging of the Qing dynasty. Studies in Conservation, 59 (Supp.1). S28-S31. ISSN 0039-3630

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It is a traditional etiquette in China to congratulate an elder on his/her birthday. A birthday hanging was one of the popular gifts to present auspicious wishes to a celebrity on his/her birthday in former times, especially in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1911). The hanging was commissioned by his/her relatives or colleagues of a younger generation and placed on view at a birthday banquet. This paper aims to study the materials of a spectacular silk birthday hanging dated 1789 (the 54th year of Qianlong's reign in the Qing dynasty) of massive size (3 m × 4.5 m) and to discuss the approach to stabilizing the shattered silk hanging.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Supplement from IIC Congress - An Unbroken History: Conserving East AsianWorks of Art and Heritage
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birthday hanging, Painted silk, Lascaux
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Collections Services
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 11:23
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2018 11:23

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