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)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1996
Not on view
The “treasure floral medallion” on this textile is one of the most popular designs of the Tang dynasty. The design, which consists of a composite blossom at center surrounded by a quatrefoil pattern on the four sides, is used not only in textiles but also in metalwork and ceramics. Its structured rendering reflects West and Central Asian artistic traditions introduced to China via the fabled Silk Road.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "When Silk Was Gold," October 20, 1997–January 4, 1998.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 3, 2004–November 15, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.