Two framed Chinese embroidery works, sometimes called "micro stitch" or "forbidden stitch" (the latter because the close work over time could cause vision loss, which led the Chinese government to ban the practice). The diameter of each is approximately 16". Imagery of one features a central dog who stares at the viewer, while the border is of leaves and insects, such as moths; a few primitive insects or possibly sea creatures completes the scene. The second work features a man following a woman riding a four-legged creature that is not quite a horse; flowers and sprigs surround the figures. The age of the works is something of a mystery but they do appear to be antique (more than 100 years old) or even as old as mid 19th century Qing Dynasty. Though they be identically framed and of the same size, I am not certain that they be by the same hand, as the stitch and thread type seems to be different. The majority of silk thread needleworks offered online usually seem to be of lesser quality, compared to this pair. The condition is excellent, the colors not faded, and there does not appear to be any insect damage. One is backed with some glass, affording a look at the reverse side, which gives some indication of the age; the other appears to be affixed somehow to a card. This is not at all my specialty or area of knowledge, but I believe the above description to be accurate.
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