Song dynasty (960–1279)
Silk tapestry (kesi) with a pattern of animals and birds amid flowers
Overall: 14 1/4 x 12 1/2in. (36.2 x 31.8cm)
Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1983
Not on view
This piece, previously the wrapper (external cover) for the Museum's handscroll painting Old Trees, Level Distance by Guo Xi (ca. 1000–ca. 1090) (see 1981.276), is a classic example of Northern Song tapestry of the same type as a famous uncut piece in the collection of the Liaoning Provincial Museum, China. The pattern has no precedent in China but demonstrates a strong affinity with silk tapestry of Central Asia, and it is likely that Uighur craftsmen from eastern Central Asia introduced both the technique and the design of such textiles.
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