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Textile Fragment with “Longevity” Design


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This fragment is meticulously embroidered with a stylized cloud pattern in four colors: pink, orange, green, and blue. The vivid patterns express the ancient Chinese ideology of immortality. The inventory of the tomb’s burial goods, written on bamboo strips, records this type of textile as a “longevity embroidery” (changshou xiu), providing sound evidence of the Han-period name for this decorative motif.

Textile Fragment with “Longevity” Design, Silk embroidery (chain stitches) on silk plain weave, China

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