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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.
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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