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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Eastern Central China, 11th - 12th centuries
Title: Tigers Chasing Deer, with Dragon
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1199
Creation Date: 11th - 12th century
Creation Place: Eastern Central China
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: tapestry, silk and gold thread
Dimensions: Overall: 58cm x 27.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1988.100
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: Tigers Chasing Deer, with DragonTapestry (kesi); silk and gold threadEastern Central Asia, 1000s-1100sThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund 1988.100(Cat. no. 14)The design of this Central Asian tapestry is a synthesis of western andChinese elements. Bands of pearls and split palmettes and the deer withmushroom-shaped antlers originated in Iran and Sogdiana but migrated toChina during the Tang dynasty (ad 618-907). Although these motifsdisappeared from Chinese art after the fall of the Tang, they survived inCentral Asia for centuries. The dragon is Chinese in origin, but has aCentral Asian form (particularly its extended snout). Also characteristicof Central Asia are the placement of the dragon among flowers, theliveliness of the animals, the use of floral sprays of varying scale andspecies, and the brilliant colors. The combination of unrelated patterns(bands of tigers chasing deer next to the dragon among flowers) probablyevolved from the ancient practice of applying borders to garments withcontrasting designs.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1988.100
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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