banner (art)

Chinese embroidered silk banner depicting scenes in a man's life, probably a celebratory banner for a 60th birthday. A man is depicted engaged in intellectual pursuits: playing chess, contemplating a scroll painting, writing calligraphic script and playing the qin. Above and between the scenes are peach trees, the fruit symbolising the food of the gods and long life.

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