Brocade with Hares
Tabby, brocaded; silk and gold thread
Northern China, Mongol Period (1207-1368)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Lisbet
(Cat. no. 34)
The motif of the hare among bushes may relate to the hunting activities of
the Khitan, the Jurchen, and the Mongols. Hare hunts are recorded in the
Liaoshi (History of the Liao Dynasty) and were often reported by envoys
returning to China from the northern states.
The asymmetry of the image in this textile is characteristic of Jin
brocades. However, the paired (instead of single) warps reveal the
influence of craftsmen from the eastern Iranian world and therefore dates
the textile to the Mongol period.