A rare silk kesi (tapestry) panel, woven with a pattern of two spotted deer, crested birds and large flower heads set on a ground of tripartite pointed leaves in various colours, including the rare colour purple and edged in contrasting tones. The leaves grouped in vignettes of colour and facing in opposed directions, forming a patterned ground.
From similar pieces in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Art, USA we know that such panels were cut from costumes. Chinese historians reported western aristocracy dressed in such attire in the Northern Song capital of Kaifeng (960-1127) in the early 12th century.
East Central Asia, 12th/13th century
Length: 55 cms; width: 33 cms
Exhibited and Illustrated: ‘Chinese Textiles’, Spink & Son exhibition catalogue, 1994, no. 4
Hollander Collection, USA
For similar examples see:
‘Artibus Asiae’, vol. XI, ‘A Contribution to the Study of Song Tapestries’, by Jean-Pierre Dubosc, p. 73-89, 1948, for kesi with similar animals, birds and leaves.
‘When Silk Was Gold’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York & The Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition catalogue, 1997, for a discussion of these textiles and compare with catalogue no. 16, a complete loom width of 62 cms.
‘Asie Extreme’, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, by Jean-Paul Desroches, 1993, pl.36, for a near identical silk example on a blue ground.
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