Detail View: The AMICA Library: Phoenix and Tree Peony

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1992.95
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Textiles
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: 
China
Creator Name-CRT: 
China, 14th century
Title: 
Phoenix and Tree Peony
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
14th century
Creation Start Date: 
1300
Creation End Date: 
1399
Materials and Techniques: 
needleloop embroidery; silk and silver thread, silvered paper
Classification Term: 
Embroidery
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24.4cm x 17.6cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1992.95
Credit Line: 
Gift of David Tremayne
Rights: 
Context: 
Phoenix and Tree PeonyNeedleloop embroidery; silk and silver thread, silvered paperChina, 1300s, Yuan to early Ming Dynasty (1279-1424)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of David Tremayne 1992.95(Cat. no. 56)This needleloop embroidery is distinguished byits exceptionally fineexecution. Few other examples incorporate the variety of intricate diaperpatterns seen here.Like most needleloop embroideries, the phoenix is fragmentary. Rows ofloops worked over pieces of gilded or silvered paper make needleloopembroidery quite heavy. On the other hand, the ground fabrics upon whichthey were executed were usually light-weight silks. Unable to support theembroidery, they simply wore out over time.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1992.95.tif