This piece is in marron for foundation color and brown for motifs. Floral medallions are arranged in rows, each flanked by lines composed of auspicious characters alternating with beaded roundels. Threads are clearly-arranged but unfortunately most of the floral medallions are incomplete. The composition is a well-designed one, with perfect density, testifying to the thoughtfulness of the artisan. The style of the remaining motifs shows features of west China and Central Asia. It is possible that this item was created under influence of cultural exchanges and mingling when metaphysics emerged and cultures of Persia and Greece were introduced to the Central Plain of China.


  • Title: Samite with Beaded Floral Roundels and Auspicious Characters
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 54cm×19cm
  • Ethnic group: Others
  • Dates: Sui & Tang and Five Dynasties Period (581-960 AD)

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