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Brocade with Hares

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June 30, 1350
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Art and Calligraphy
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Mongols 1206-1368

Brocade with Hares

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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 DESCRIPTION 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. CITATIONS 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 EXHIBITION HISTORY 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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