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tapestry, k'o-ssu


Object connections:

Collection Textiles
Gallery locationNot on display
EventsMacartney Embassy to China, 1792-1793

Object details:

Object ID TXT0107
Description Framed K'o-ssu tapestry depicting the arrival of a planetarium and celestial globe at the Summer Palace of the Emperor of China, Ch'ien-Lung at Peking, September 1793. These items were presented by an Embassy from George III led by Lord Macartney. The artist has not depicted the scene from personal observation as the Europeans are shown in 16th century costume and the two instruments depicted were part of the equipment of the Jesuit Observatory in Peking. There is a Chinese poem in the top right hand corner. The tapestry presents a Chinese view of Lord Macartney's mission.
Date made 1793

Place made China
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials organic: silk
Measurements Overall: 1215 x 1600 x 48 mm
  • tapestry, k'o-ssu (TXT0107)
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