Textile with Swan Hunt


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Hunting swans with a falcon was an important annual autumnal event for nomadic people such as the Jurchen rulers of the Jin dynasty, one of several rulers who controlled much of northern China from the tenth to the fourteenth century. Illustrations of this important seasonal event are found in textiles, jade, and ceramics. Historical texts record that Jurchen noblemen wore green silk robes with this motif during hunts. This piece is perhaps a fragment from such a robe.

Textile with Swan Hunt, Plain-weave silk brocaded with gold-leaf wrapped leather strips, China

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