Lampas, silk and gold thread
Overall: 20.4 x 20.4 cm (8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1995.73
Textile with Phoenixes and Dragons
Lampas; silk and gold thread
China, Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1995.73
(Cat. no. 42)
This is one of the very few northern Chinese silk and gold textiles to have
survived from the Yuan dynasty. The curled dragons chasing pearls, the
phoenixes, and the background of tiny hexagons are Chinese motifs, but the
lobed roundels enclosing the dragons and phoenixes indicate the influence
of eastern Iranian craftsmen who had been relocated to northern China.
A red and gold silk woven with the same pattern is preserved in Beijing.
The extraordinary survival of the two silks demonstrates that patterns were
typically used over and over.
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