A square silk brocade panel, woven with a lattice pattern of pairs of blue shaded birds in flight, holding leaf sprays in their beaks and separated by pink flower heads. Within the lattice a repeating pattern of yellow diamond-shaped lozenges each containing four blue iris flowers around a similar pink flower head. The textile with a thick, dense multi-coloured selvedge to one side, typical of the weaving of the period.
Left hand selvedge; all other edges cut.
Chinese 11th-13th century
Height: 29 cms
Width: 28 cms including selvedge
Pattern repeat: 11 cms
Carbon 14 dated by Spink & Son Ltd at Oxford University:
68% confidence 1159-1273 AD
95% confidence 1043-1281 AD
Exhibited and Illustrated: ‘Chinese Textiles’, Spink & Son exhibition catalogue, 1994, no. 5.
Hollander Collection, USA
Compare with a brocade of the same structure, decorated with boys and leaves and Carbon 14 dated to 1018-1226 with 95% probability. Illustrated ‘The 1994 Hali Annual’, ‘Tracing the Dragon’, by Jacqueline Simcox, p. 42, no. 10 and back cover.
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