Textile fragment with boys in floral scrolls


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This textile was meticulously woven with boys tucked among floral scrolls and lotus pods—a rebus for, or visual allusion to, progeny. In addition to the Buddhist belief in rebirth from the lotus, multiseeded lotus pods were also thought to be a symbol for plentiful offspring.

Textile fragment with boys in floral scrolls, Silk twill damask (ling), China

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