Textile fragment with boys and birds in pomegranates


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This strip of silk features two clusters of pomegranates and leaves. The fruits, which are known for their many seeds, are filled with birds and flowers at the top, while those at the bottom hold boys and flowers. The inclusion of boys inside the pomegranates may refer to offspring: the Chinese character for “seed” is the same as that for “son.”

Textile fragment with boys and birds in pomegranates, Painted silk gauze, China

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