Oct 13, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 13, 2015

Brocade with Hares

Brocade with Hares


Silk: tabby, brocaded; gold thread

Overall: 26 x 42.8 cm (10 1/4 x 16 7/8 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Lisbet Holmes 1991.113



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.

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