When Silk was Gold

When Silk was Gold

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The demise of the Silk Roads and the end of expansionist policies, together with the rapid increase in maritime trade, brought to an end the vital economic and cultural interchange that had characterized the years preceding the death of the Ming-dynasty Yongle emperor in 1424. Overland, intrepid merchants no longer transported silks throughout Eurasia and weavers no longer traveled to distant lands. But the products that survive from that wondrous time attest to a glorious era - when silk was resplendent as gold.Gzfi of Lza#39;shet Holmes, 1989 (1989.205) gainst a red ground, gold-brocaded coiled dragons chasing pearls are arranged in ... The earliest mention of the coiled dragon in literature is in the Tang huiyao (Records of Tang institutions), in which is recorded a list of patterns decreed in A.D. 694 ... TECHNICAL ANALYSIS l/Varp: Red silk, poil Z, single; uneven spacing causes vertical lines in the ground area.

Title:When Silk was Gold
Author:James C. Y. Watt, Anne E. Wardwell, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher:Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1997


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