Paired Dragons in Pearl Roundels

Reference : 103-03-0011

Reconstruction of a Chinese Brocade dating back to the 8th or 9th century AD.

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  • Colour : _ 075 - yellow
  • Fiber Content : Warp - Silk / Weft - Metallic Yarn
  • Pattern Repeat Size of pattern given in cm, measured along the weft (horizontally). : 24 cm
  • Period : 8th–9th century
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : ~ 40m/m / 175g/m2 (35-45m/m)
  • Width : 110 cm / 43 in
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$ 70.60 / m ( $ 58.34 / m without VAT )

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This oriental textile dates to the Tang dynasty and was most likely made in Xinjiang, the far west province of China. The pattern is formed by pearl roundels, a decorative motif that was very popular throughout whole Asia at that period and which derived from Sasanian Iran. The Chinese weavers have doubled the pearl roundel and added their most famous mythical beast - the dragon. Two Chinese dragons are facing each other inside the roundels. Paired animals was another popular motif that accompanied the textile art through the whole medieval period. The dragon has been of significant presence in Chinese art for thousands of years. Those depicted here are highly stylized, they actually have no heads. Each of the roundels is then surrounded by fine decorative floral motives similar to those seen in other Chinese textiles.

The original was discovered in 1972 as a part of a burial vestment during archeological excavations in Turpan, China, and is stored today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Note: Given the technology process of weaving this textile (handwoven fabric based on a hand drawn design), minor errors in weave may occur. These incidental imperfections are not considered as defects but rather a proof of a hand-crafted product.

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