Banner with three scenes from the Life of the Buddha, in a landscape setting: Buddha's father, King Suddhodana, despatching a messenger on a horse in search of Śākyamuni; the search; and the messenger's return without him. Blank cartouches on alternate sides of the scenes. Ink and colours on silk.
Banner heading made of silk plain weave, 18.8cm high and 19.5cm wide. Most of the banner face is made of silk plain weave with polychrome ink painting are now gone, only leaving the dark brown silk lining. This heading has a side border of two layers. The inner borders are made of clamp resist dyed silk plain weave with dots, repeated in 1.9cm in warp direction and 1.4cm in weft direction. Three Chinese characters, probably “Jie Fu Zhi” are written on both sides. The outer borders are made of brown plain weave sewn with a red suspension loop in twill damask weave, 6.2cm long, on the top.
1. Banner face, silk plain weave
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, dark brown, 50 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, single, dark brown, 26 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/1 plain weave.
2. Heading border, clamp resist dyed silk plain weave
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, brown, 45 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, single, brown, 19 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/1 plain weave.
3. Heading border, silk plain weave
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, brown, 46 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, single, brown, 37 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/1 plain weave.
4. Suspension loop, twill damask
Warp: spun silk, Z twisted, single, red, 30 ends/cm; Weft: spun silk, Z twisted, single, red, 16 lats/cm. Weave structure: 2/2 twill.
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