Floral embroidery on red silk

Floral embroidery on red silk

Floral embroidery
China
Tang to Five dynasties, 600-900 AD
Twill damask and plain weave in silk, satin stitch embroidery
Width 6.4 cm x height 8.4 cm (largest piece)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.526 (Ch.00449)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These four fragments are made of black twill damasks joined to plain weave black silk and backed with plain weave brown silk. There are various embroidered designs in red, yellow and blue silk thread, including a spiral shape. Some of the design has been painted with what is likely to be silver-coloured pigments of metallic silver, which is common in Chinese painting.