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Length of silk twill-weave with design of broad vertical stripes in dark blue, cream, orange and yellow with repeating pattern of butterflies alternting with pattern of blossoming plum branches in gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, 1926

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese, Ming dynasty, early 16th century

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Overall: 35.3 x 67.8cm (13 7/8 x 26 11/16in.) Mount: 54.6 x 40 cm (21 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)

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Silk twill-weave ground with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts