A Child’s Coat with Ducks in Pearl Medallions and a Child's Pants

A Child’s Coat with Ducks in Pearl Medallions and a Child's Pants

700s

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Silk; weft-faced compound twill, samit

Overall: 48 x 82.5 cm (18 7/8 x 32 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1996.2

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This luxurious silk coat for a young prince displays ducks in pearl roundels alternating with cross-shaped lotus blossoms woven in five radiant colors of silk. The ducks are adorned with imperial motifs adopted from the previous Sasanian dynasty in Iran including pearl collars, flying ribbons, and a jeweled necklace in their beaks. This silk was woven in Iran or Sogdiana; however, it is lined with Chinese silk damask and has a pair of pants also made with Chinese silk damask, both decorated in an 8th-century style of the Tang Dynasty.

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Textiles
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Garment

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