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Fragment of a Buddhist banner, birds and flower roundels design on salmon pink ground

China National Silk Museum

China National Silk Museum
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

This fabric is dyed by clamped resist dyeing with three colors, after folded into two lengthwise. Its pattern is composed of looped-six-flower roundels and flying birds. Such patterns and techniques were often used in Tang Dynasty. Its top comes in the shape of a triangle, so maybe it was part of a Buddhist banner.

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  • Title: Fragment of a Buddhist banner, birds and flower roundels design on salmon pink ground
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: Tokyo National Museum(I-332-2) Formerly preserved in the Shosoin Repository, Todaiji temple
  • Medium: silk
  • Width: 55cm
  • Length: 133cm

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