MFA 1999.128, Silk samite, China (12th–14th century)

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Artifact Information

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1999.128, Silk samite 59 x 110 cm (23 1/4 x 43 5/16 in.)

The object is a silk samite fabric with repeating pattern of parallel rows of pink peonies encircled by scrolling foliage in green and blue on a reddish-orange ground. [1]. The piece is probably a Song or Yuan dynasty (12th–14th century) samite.

MFA 1999.128 Silk samite © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

MFA 1999.128 Silk samite, detail © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Summary of results

MFA 1999.128 Silk samite, China, Analysis result, by Dr. X. Zhang at Boston University, 2009

Links to details information of dye sources.

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