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Chengyun Embrodiery on brown qi with Double-bird and Lozenge Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

1. It is one of the earliest silk fabrics made by the textile looms in the Han Dynasty. With qi, a kind of jacquard silk fabric as its basis, the design on the silk is composed of consecutive lozenge designs, filled in with patterns of flowers, plants and birds, which can only be realized by some jacquard looms with special devices. This object proves the fact that the jacquard loom was in existence by the end of the early Western Han period. 2. This piece of treasure is rich in color, exquisite in patterns, graceful and brilliant, fully reflecting the achievements and technical level of the Han Dynasty in textile manufacturing.

History of the Object
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Qi (a kind of silk fabric) 
Measurements
Width 34 cm. Length 39 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century bCE - 2nd Century BCE; 202 BCE -168BCE 
Function
Clothing materials 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972 and collected by Hunan Provincial Museum after that. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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