This is a triangular black twill damask with a diamond pattern, repeated 0.5 cm both in the warp and the weft direction, which has been embroidered in satin stitch. It is clear that the embroidery was designed for specific use as the motifs form a band. The main motifs of half-florets are properly finished and follow the original folding. They are arranged alternately along the sides of the band, those on one side being edged with a 0.1 cm wide paper strip covered with gold leaf. Those on the opposite side are treated similarly, but with silver instead of gold leaf on the paper strips. The gold strips are couched with red thread. There are similar examples found in Cave 17 and now in the V&A collection (LOAN:STEIN.524 and 600). They probably once formed part of a banner head. Weave structures: Warp: silk, S twisted, single, dark blue, 42 ends/cm; Weft: silk, S twisted, single, dark blue, 36 lats/cm. Weave structure: 2/2 diamond patterned twill damask. Embroidery: Threads: silk, untwisted; Colour: red, light red, pale red, blue, light blue, green and light green etc. gold strip and silver strip. Stitch: satin stitch, couching stitch.

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Thing

Made Of
silver, silk, gold, paper
Type of Thing
紡織品, Chinese, textile
Techniques
woven, embroidered, couching stitch, damask, satin stitch

People

Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel

Place

Found In
Qian Fo Dong

Time

Acquired In
1917
Made
9thC-10thC
Period/Culture
Five Dynasties, Tang dynasty

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