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Japanese Brocade with Hunters, Lions and Tree of Life

Reference : 103-02-0061

Our reconstruction of a 7th century Chinese brocade found in Japan.

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  • Colour : _ 060 - crimson
  • Fiber Content : Warp - Silk / Weft - Rayon
  • Pattern Repeat Size of pattern given in cm, measured along the weft (horizontally). : 18.5 cm | 7.2"
  • Period : 7th century
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : ~ 50m/m / 220g/m2 (46-54m/m)
  • Width : 75 cm ± 5 cm / 30 in ± 2 in
  • Availability: This product is no longer in stock

$ 35.08 / m ( $ 28.99 / m without VAT )

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This textile well illustrates how fabrics and patterns traveled among continents. Although found in the Hōryū-ji Temple in Japan, the fabric was made in western China but its pattern is rather Persian. Similar Persian patterns were also found on the Viking Oseberg longship in Sweden.

The motif is a typical Sasanian scene with the king as a hero chasing lions but when looking into details Chinese craftsmanship can be recognized. China had active relations with early Persia and Sasanian hunting scenes were very popular throughout the Tang Dynasty. The pattern is disposed in large roundels with pearls, each containing a Tree of Life and four riders on winged horses aiming arrows on lions. Space around the hunters is filled with treasures such as rhinoceros horns and double coins. It is said that a banner with this medallion have been used by prince Shōtoku at the conquest of Shiragi in Korea.

The banners are in a private collection. The textile is now on the list of National Treasures of Japan and is located either at Hōryū-ji Temple or Tokyon National Museum. Remarkably there was a very similar if not identical textile found in the tombs in Turpan, Xinjiang - the western province of China. There it can be found in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum. Worth mentioning is also the recent costly reproduction from the studio of historian Sachio Yoshioka.

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