tapestry, k'o-ssu

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.

Object Details

ID: TXT0107
Collection: Textiles
Type: tapestry, k'o-ssu
Display location: Not on display
Places: Beijing
Events: Macartney Embassy to China, 1792-1793
Date made: 1793
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall: 1215 x 1600 x 48 mm

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