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    chinese altar cloth

    Early 20th century
    97 x 90 cm.

    This altar cloth or tok wi (literally, ‘altar skirt’) is of red velvet (with a red linen backing) that has been elaborately and meticulously embroidered with metallic threads. Auspicious Chinese motifs are illustrated.
    The lower panel is decorated with a guardian lion and cubs. The upper panel is decorated with the Eight Immortals.
    Such cloths were attached to the front of altar tables in the family home during significant occasions. The red background and the colourful motifs suggests that this altar cloth was used for festive occasions.
    The cloth has several condition issues but the images are intact.
    If there is interest, I will provide other details/information available prior to purchase.
    Cheah, H.F, Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World, Asian Civilisations Museum, 2017. Ref: EH7B45W4

    Price: £329.92

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    Hi I am Willian Mitchell Antiques.

    I have a variety of items from different corners of the globe. My work
    as an English teacher has taken me to Asia, Africa and the Middle
    East. It is this travel that set me on the road to antiques and
    collecting. Shops, outdoor markets, private homes, and individuals
    have been the source of my collection. I am especially attracted to
    illustrated textiles and manuscripts and have several on offer. I have
    even more of these from my recent travel to India. I continue to love
    the hunt and the interesting people I meet along the way.

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