June 30, 1350
Art and Calligraphy
Mongols 1206-1368



Brocade with Hares
13th to mid 14th Century

China, Northern, Mongol period, 13th - mid-14th century
Silk: tabby, brocaded; gold thread

Overall: 26 x 42.8 cm (10 1/4 x 16 7/8 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Lisbet Holmes 1991.113


The motif of the hare among bushes may relate to the hunting activities of the Khitan, the Jurchen, and the Mongols. Hare hunts are recorded in the Liaoshi (History of the Liao Dynasty) and were often reported by envoys returning to China from the northern states. The asymmetry of the image in this textile is characteristic of Jin brocades. However, the paired (instead of single) warps reveal the influence of craftsmen from the eastern Iranian world and therefore dates the textile to the Mongol period.


Watt, James C. Y., Anne E. Wardwell, and Morris Rossabi. When silk was gold: Central Asian and Chinese textiles. 1997. pp. 124-125, color reproduction, p. 125, detail reproduced p. 107, 124


Signs of Affection: Gifts Honoring the Museum's 75th Anniversary. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 27, 1992-January 3, 1993).

When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian & Chinese Textiles from the Cleveland and Metropolitan Museums of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (organizer) (March 2-May 17, 1998).

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