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Textile with Animals, Birds, and Flowers

Date:
late 12th–14th century
Culture:
Eastern Central Asia
Medium:
Silk embroidery on plain-weave silk
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 5/8 x 14 7/8 in. (37.1 x 37.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.296
Not on view
This textile demonstrates the longevity of motifs in eastern Central Asia. The placement of animals—a spotted horse, a rabbit, and two deer (or antelope)—at its cardinal points is a compositional device that began to appear in the region during the Han dynasty. The birds on the piece, especially the parrot, entered the Central Asian repertoire during a second period of strong Chinese influence, the Tang dynasty. The floral background's central motif of lotus blossoms, a lotus leaf, and a trefoil leaf was seen in Central Asia and North China but became widespread during the Yuan dynasty.
[ Bluett & Sons Ltd. , London, until 1988; sold to MMA]
Cleveland Museum of Art. "When Silk Was Gold," October 20, 1997–January 4, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.

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