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Chinese Textiles: Albums of Antique Textiles

"Chinese Textiles: Albums of Antique Textiles"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 5  July 6, 2021 (Tue) - September 26, 2021 (Sun)

  
Album of Antique Textiles, 16th–19th century

Album of Antique Textiles, 16th–19th centuryJapanese tea masters of the Edo period (1603–1868) prized textiles from overseas, many of which were imported from China. To catalog their collections, they compiled albums showcasing samples of gold brocades and damasks along with different types of striped and multicolored textiles. Tea masters prized these small pieces of cloth and dutifully added labels to each one as they bound them into albums. They used these albums to improve their knowledge of imported textiles and also as guides to appraise fabrics used in tea ceremonies or for tea utensils.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Album of Antique Textiles China and India 15th–18th century Private collection
Album of Antique Textiles China, India, Japan, and other countries 16th–19th century TI-486-2
Album of Antique Textiles China and other countries 16th–19th century TI-491
Album of Antique Textiles China, India, and Japan 16th–19th century TI-490
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