May 24, 2019

Fragment from a Garment (smaller fragment, outer layer)

Fragment from a Garment (smaller fragment, outer layer)


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Weft-faced compound twill, silk

Overall: 35.9 x 46 cm (14 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.); Mounted: 48.9 x 58.4 cm (19 1/4 x 23 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.112.2.a



This textile preserves part of an overall design of large, radiating floral motifs arranged in staggered, horizontal rows. In the spaces between are pairs of flying cranes and cloud scrolls that are common motifs in Liao paintings and decorative arts. The loose structure of the pattern and the naturalism of the motifs represent the final evolution of a pattern that had originated in the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907).

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