Silk fragments with ram design

Silk fragments with ram design

Silk fragments with ram design
China
200-400 AD
Warp-faced compound plain weave in silk
Length 6.6 cm x width 3 cm (largest fragment)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.214 (L.C.i.010)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

The design on these two small fragments suggests a Western influence on Chinese silk production. The fragments are of warp-faced compound plain weave with continuous silk fibre with little or no twist, which identifies the making as traditional Chinese. However, the two confronting rams with twisted bodies within lozenge compartments are more in line with Western decoration of the time.