Embroidered Buddha

Embroidered Buddha

Embroidered Buddha (Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
China
High to mid-Tang dynasty, 700-800 AD
Plain weave in silk, split stitch embroidery
Width 3.8 cm x height 3.3 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.559 (Ch.00450.c)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

The plain woven buff silk of this little fragment is completely covered with embroidery in split stitch, showing a Buddha head with halo in buff colour. The outlines and the nose are embroidered in red, while the usnisa, eyes and eyebrows are in dark blue. The fragment originally came from a hanging with row after row of embroidered seated Buddhas, now in the National Museum of India, New Delhi.