Textile with Floral Medallion

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Date: late 8th–early 9th century

Culture: China

Medium: Weft-faced compound twill

Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)
Mount (with plexi cover): 28 3/4 x 32 1/2 in. (73 x 82.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.103.1


The “treasure floral medallion” on this textile is one of the most popular designs of the Tang dynasty. The design, which consists of a composite blossom at center surrounded by a quatrefoil pattern on the four sides, is used not only in textiles but also in metalwork and ceramics. Its structured rendering reflects West and Central Asian artistic traditions introduced to China via the fabled Silk Road.