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Textile with Floral Medallion

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
late 8th–early 9th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Woven silk: weft-faced compound twill
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm) Mount (with plexi cover): 28 3/4 x 32 1/2 in. (73 x 82.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.103.1
  • Description

    An arrangement of floral medallions interspersed with quatrefoil motifs was one of the dominant textile patterns of the High Tang period (roughly the first half of the eighth century). A textile with a similar large floral medallion has been preserved as part of the Shōsō-in collection from the mid-eighth-century imperial repository in Nara, Japan. However, an aspect of this work's weave structure—namely, that it is bound in weft-faced twill on both the face and the reverse—is more commonly seen in textiles of the tenth century and later.

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