A red silk brocade panel, woven with a geometric pattern of a formalised eight-petalled flower head, alternating with a smaller cross-shaped medallion; the details in blue silks. The interstices decorated with sprays of pink flowers and leaves.
Chinese, early Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
The date confirmed by Carbon 14 testing
Height of textile: 71 cm
Width of textile: 65 cm
The textile is a full loom width, with selvedges on each side, and would have been part of a bolt of silk.
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