China, Liao dynasty (907-1125) / Pair of Headpieces / 907 - 1125China, Liao dynasty (907-1125)
Pair of Headpieces
907 - 1125

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Creator Nationality: Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China
Creator Active Place: China
Creator Name-CRT: China, Liao dynasty (907-1125)
Title: Pair of Headpieces
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 907
Creation End Date: 1125
Creation Date: 907 - 1125
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Embroidery
Materials and Techniques: embroidery, silk
Dimensions: Overall: 22.3cm x 53.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.109.a
ID Number: 1995.109.b
Credit Line: Gift of Lisbet Holmes
Context: Pair of HeadpiecesEmbroidery; silkLiao Dynasty (907-1125)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Lisbet Holmes 1995.109.a and 1995.109.b(Cat. no. 52)These headpieces are embroidered with butterflies, birds, animals, flowers,leaves, and delicate vine scrolls. In general, the design is related to thetheme of the lotus pond, best known from Liao tomb paintings. Paired ducksor geese swimming in water and looking in opposite directions seem to havebecome popular in the north of China before spreading further south and toCentral Asia. On the other hand, recumbent animals looking back are aCentral Asian image that migrated to northern China.Headpieces of this shape, intersected by two bands and secured by ties,have a long history in northern China. A gold replicawas found in a tombdating as early as ad 500-550.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.109.a-b
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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