Overall: 12 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (31.1 x 30.8 cm)
Mount (with plexi cover): 15 x 14 1/2 in. (38.1 x 36.8 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1996
Not on view
Although symmetry is a basic element of Chinese design, the motif of a pair of confronted animals or birds on either side of a plant was not known in China until the opening of the silk routes in the second century B.C. The pattern seen on this embroidery—birds standing on lotus blossoms (a motif derived from Buddhist art)—was popular in the early Tang period.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "When Silk Was Gold," October 20, 1997–January 4, 1998.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 3, 2004–November 15, 2004.