Jin-silk with Floral Medallions and Confronted-lion Pattern

China National Silk Museum

China National Silk Museum
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Though in just two colors Blue and white, this piece of jin-silk is adorned with sumptuous patterns with big floral medallions forming a ring encircling a standing lion. These life-like flowers look like peony in general, but the stamen bears resemblance to pomegranate flowers.
Originated in the early Tang dynasty, such a motif combination of flowers surrounding animals, known as “Pattern of Lingyanggong” during the ancient times, was developed based on the Chinese’s love for flowers in reference to the beaded medallions with animals introduced from Central and West Asia.
Made of Liao-style weft-face jin-silk, this item features life-like decorative motifs, making itself one of the representative pieces with “Pattern of Lingyangong” of the late Tang dynasty.


  • Title: Jin-silk with Floral Medallions and Confronted-lion Pattern
  • Location: China
  • Location Created: China
  • Type: Textiles
  • Materials and techniques: Silk, Brocade
  • Dynasty: Tang dynasty
  • Dimensions: 44cm x 29cm

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