Imported to China from India, the lotusgrowing from the slime of a pond, its blossoms blooming unsulliedwas linked to Buddhist images of purity and rebirth. By the thirteenth century, naturalistic depictions of lotus in different seasons also evoked the ephemeral nature of physical beauty.
Lotus and Water Birds (ca. 1300), a pair of hanging scrolls in the Museums collection, is by a professional painter of the Piling School, situated near Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. Our beautiful scarf shows a detail from this large-scale decorative work: a midsummer scene with lotus flowers in early stages of budding and bloom. Silk crêpe de chine. Imported. 66” x 18”.
Silk crêpe de chine
66” x 18”