From a recent Christie's auction. Click on the image to see a larger version. Description:
The edict is written on silk brocade woven with a pattern of scattered ruyi-clouds mounted as a handscroll, with the text arranged in standard form reading from left to right in Manchu and repeated from right to left in Chinese characters. The Chinese text opens with a four-character title in a vertical line, Fengtian Gaoming, 'By Command of Heaven', flanked by a pair of dragons, followed by a long text ending with the date 14th year of the Shunzhi period, corresponding to 1657. Stamped with two large seal impressions, the edict continues with the Manchu text.
I can instantly see three uses for this beautiful design: museum exhibit signage, book obi, thrummed mitten.
The fourteen-year war between the Qing dynasty and the breakaway Taiping Heavenly Kingdom culminated in the burning of the rebel capital Nanjing in July 1864. We tend to remember the 1860s for the American Civil War, but this Chinese civil war was much more ferocious and resulted in 20 million deaths. Source.