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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Central China, 13th century or earlier
Title: Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearls
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1180
Creation End Date: 1319
Creation Date: c. 13th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: tapestry, silk and gold thread
Dimensions: Overall: 60cm x 32cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1988.33
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Central China
Context: [RIGHT]Dragons Chasing Flaming PearlsTapestry (kesi); silk and gold threadCentral Asia, 1200s or earlierThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1988.33(Cat. no. 17)Although the theme of dragons chasing the flaming pearl isChinese, theeccentric form of the dragons and the way they have been crowded togetherare not. Other kesi woven with this design preserve parts of a bracketedmedallion resembling the so-called 'cloud-collars' worn in Central Asia(see Textile with Lions, cat. no. 19).The intended purpose of kesi with cloud-collar medallions is not clear.Considering that cloud-collars were worn in Central Asia, these tapestriesmay have been woven for use as clothing. Hong Hao (1088-1155), a Chineseemissary, reported that theUyghurs wove robes of kesi. Cloud-collarmedallions, however, were also used in other decorative contexts, and it ispossible that tapestries such as these served other purposes.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1988.33
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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