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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Textiles 织物 Tang and Song Dynasties 唐宋

Tang and Song Dynasties 唐宋

The brocade below with phoenix patterns was discovered in Dulan, Qinghai 青海都兰, where a large amount of ancient textiles have been found.

Silk brocade with phoenixes in pearls
联珠 公元618〜907复制件 苏州丝绸博物馆 Silk brocade with phoenixes in pearls Tang (618—907) reproduction, Suzhou Silk Museum

The brocade with lucky bird design below was also discovered in Dulan.

Brocade with a lucky bird holding a ribbon and nest of petals
花瓣 公元618〜907复制件 苏州丝绸博物馆 Brocade with a lucky bird holding a ribbon and nest of petals Tang (618—907) reproduction, Suzhou Silk Museum

The brocade below was discovered in Astana, Xinjiang 新疆阿斯塔那 an important archeological site. Astana is located near the historic Silk Road 丝绸之路 city of Turpan 吐鲁番, close to the Mountain of Flames 火焰山. The site was the cemetery for the city during the peak of its prosperity.

Brocade with bird and flower design
花鸟 公元618〜907复制件 苏州丝绸博物馆 Brocade with bird and flower design Tang (618—907) reproduction, Suzhou Silk Museum

Chinese silk tapestry 缂丝 appeared in the Tang and continued to be popular to the end of the Qing. The picture below shows a Chinese silk tapestry artifact from the Song.

Silk tapestry with flowers and birds
缂丝 公元960〜1279复制件 苏州丝绸博物馆 Silk tapestry with flowers and birds on purple background Song (960—1279) reproduction, Suzhou Silk Museum

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