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Donated By: Artemis Gallery

Far East, South China, Yao / Mien, ca. 1900 CE. A fine and rare heirloom wedding blanket of an intricate embroidered geometric design from the Yao, sometimes referred to as the Mien, culture. Size: Textile without border measures 38-1/2" x 24" (97.8 x 61 cm); with border 47" x 33" (119.4 x 83.8 cm).

The textile is made from two panels of hand spun and hand woven cotton with natural dyes in hues of indigo blue, cornflower blue, tan, and light beige. Two narrow panels of near miniature stylized geometric patterns border two ends of the piece, and the entire composition is framed with a generous indigo cotton border. The Yao are a widespread ethnic people with branches in China, Thailand, and Vietnam -- a Daoist/Taoist culture that blends ancient animist beliefs with Chinese Daoist philosophy. Hence, their textile designs boast a great variety.

Provenance: Ex-Historia Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, CA

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Textile itself is in excellent condition. Only a few small holes and one small repair to the blue border.


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19th C. Chinese Yao / Mien Wedding Blanket, ex-Historia

Estimate $150 - $250Oct 5, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
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