Rectangular silk hanging, unlined, ochre on face, maroon on reverse. Embroidered in multi-coloured silk thread with three roundels amidst butterflies and seasonal flowers of lotus, cassia, peony, orchid, camellia, autumn crabapple, chrysanthemum and magnolia. Right roundel depicts the meeting of the Queen Mother of the West, 'xi wang mu', who is riding on a phoenix and the Royal Lord of the East, 'dong wang gong', who is riding on a dragon in a landscape setting with mountains, pavilion, and clouds. Between them is a flaming pearl while two bats fly above.

The middle roundel depicts five boys playing in a garden-like setting with a bat flying above. Each boy is holding an object such as lotus, free reed musical instrument called a 'sheng', conch shell, halberd and leafy spray. The left roundel depicts four boys playing a game celebrating official success, depicted by a boy riding a mythical animal called a 'qilin', with one boy holding a canopy by his side, and two boys holding flags leading the procession.

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