These two rectangular fragments once formed the bottom streamers for a Buddhist banner. They are made of blue damask on plain weave with the edges rolled and stitched with blue silk thread. The pattern comprises a five-petalled flower between two symmetrically arranged leaves, repeated upside down so that the whole forms an elliptical motif, 3.7 cm wide and 2.6 cm high. The twined floral pattern and motifs on non-patterned ground both became popular in the late Tang period. These streamers therefore date from the late Tang and the Five Dynasties. Weave structures: Warp: silk, untwisted, single, blue, 52 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, single, blue, 46 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/5Z irregular twill woven with 2-4 patterning weave on 1/1 plain weave foundation weave.

An00008369 002 l


Made Of
Type of Thing
, Chinese, banner, ["紡織品", "Chinese"], textile
flower, leaf
damask on plain weave


Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel


Found In
Qian Fo Dong


Acquired In
Five Dynasties, Tang dynasty

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