Textile Fragment Object Name: Fragment Date: ca. 1540 Geography: Iran Culture: Islamic Medium: Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread Dimensions: Textile: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm) W. 17 in. (43.2 cm) Mount: H. 45 in. (114.3 cm) W. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm) D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
1115–1234 China Jin Dynasty plain-weave silk brocaded with metallic thread, Coiled Dragons. This textile represents the tradition of northern China's Jin dynasty, which was known for textiles brocaded in gold with offset asymmetrical motifs on a solid-colored background. The motif here is a coiled dragon with a flaming jewel.