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

Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279)
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/4 x 12 1/2in. (36.2 x 31.8cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1983
Accession Number:
1983.105
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.
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