The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 27, 2017

Sogdian prince's coat with ducks in pearl medallions; Tang Chinese lining, 700s

Samite: silk. Lining: Twill damask: silk, Overall: 48 x 82.5 cm (18 7/8 x 32 7/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1996.2.1

This luxurious silk coat for a young prince displays ducks in pearl roundels alternating with cross-shaped lotus blossoms woven in five radiant colors of silk. The ducks are adorned with imperial motifs adopted from the previous Sasanian dynasty in Iran including pearl collars, flying ribbons, and a jeweled necklace in their beaks. This silk was woven in Iran or Sogdiana; however, it is lined with Chinese silk damask and has a pair of pants also made with Chinese silk damask, both decorated in an 8th-century style of the Tang Dynasty.

CMA, October 26, 1997 - January 4, 1998: "When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese Textiles," catalogue number 5, pp. 34-37, reproduced in color, p. 35, detail reproduced in color p. 34; lining reproduced color figure 3, p. 24; micrographic detail reproduced figure 1, p. 22
Also to: New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 3 - May 17, 1998

Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 116): November 14 2012 - December 9, 2013.

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