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Jin silk with the inscription, “Live a long life, nurture children and grandchildren”

China National Silk Museum

China National Silk Museum
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

This piece of the Han Dynasty silk tapestry remnant is from the Loulan site. It was reorganized through a plain weave. Its main color is magenta and it has a blue, yellow, green, and white floal pattern. Green and white were used alternatively according to different sections. In warp-wise, the pattern circulates for 4.5 cm. In across warp, the pattern circulates the entire span. It uses stem-shaped clouds as the framework, intermixing with running mythical beasts, dragon patterns, tiger patterns, patterns for warding off evil spirits, and bird patterns. These patterns were relatively easy to identify. In the midst of clouds and animal patterns, an inscription was woven using Lishu calligraphy, saying “Longevity and best wishes for descendants.” Such silk tapestry uses the typical Han Dynasty cloud-animal patterns. At that time, it was called a five-color cloud silk. It depicts the heaven wonderland of people’s imagination. The inscription also contained people’s longings for the celestial world. This type of silk has been unearthed in Han and Jin dynasties sites along the Silk Road such as Loulan, Niya, etc.

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  • Title: Jin silk with the inscription, “Live a long life, nurture children and grandchildren”
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • Width: 14.5cm
  • Length: 56.5cm

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