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宋 緙絲飛鳥走獸紋包首
Scroll Cover with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th–12th century
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 14 1/4 x 12 1/2in. (36.2 x 31.8cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1983
Accession Number:
Not on view
A classic example of Song tapestry, this elegant scroll cover resembles a famous uncut piece (now in Liaoning Provincial Museum, China). This tapestry entered the Museum’s collection as the handscroll cover for the masterpiece Old Trees, Level Distance by Guo Xi (ca. 1020–ca. 1090). The placement of the animals in the pattern illustrates a strong connection with tapestries from Central Asia, which may have served as the source for the introduction of the tapestry technique to China.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "When Silk Was Gold," October 20, 1997–January 4, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Painting, Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," August 28, 2004–February 20, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.

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