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1616 Fine Old Chinese Hainan Run Li Ethnic Minority Woven Skirt

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Fabulous Old Chinese Ethnic Minority Woven Textile with figurative motifs

Three rows of figures that must be examined individually.

The first band has some extraordinary figures that are large and complex and are comprised of other smaller figures. [See photos].

The second and third band have figures that have a birds above both shoulders in a crown-like formation of every alternate figure

Animal motifs also included in the weaving.

Note the use of yellows that enhances the aesthetic appeal of the weaving

Western Hainan Island, Baisha Autonomous County, China.

Mid 20th century.

Size: 11.5'' x 14.5'', (29 x 37 cm).

Literature reference: 

1. 'Traditional Culture of Li Ethnic Group'

2. 'Costumes of the Minority Peoples of China'

Related examples also available in the Bowers Museum, California


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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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