Textile with floral medallions


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This extremely rare and elegant textile is identical to an eighth-century example preserved in Shōsōin, a famous treasury in the Todai-ji temple in Nara, Japan, that houses imperial gifts from Tang-dynasty China. These works were given to the temple by the Japanese Empress Kōmyō in 756 and continue to serve as important pieces for the study of the art of Tang China.

Textile with floral medallions, Weft-faced compound twill, China

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