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A rare silk lampas robe, Sogdiana, Central Asia, 7th/8th century
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 98,500 GBP
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103
A rare silk lampas robe, Sogdiana, Central Asia, 7th/8th century
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 98,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A rare silk lampas robe, Sogdiana, Central Asia, 7th/8th century
the robe of characteristic form with long sleeves and open front attached to the side, woven with fine honey coloured and dark brown silk threads, decorated with large medallions containing two confronted dragons, between scrolling leafy vines issuing palmettes, mounted on a later silk lining 
113cm. height.
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Catalogue Note

The delicacy of its silk, combined with the complexity of its design, marks out the present robe as an extremely fine example of Sogdian silk production. It can be paralleled with examples of the magnificent silk textiles of the T’ang dynasty in China (618-907), under which emerged a wealthy cosmopolitan society driven by economic and cultural expansion.  Sogdiana, which was located along the main trade routes between China, Byzantium and Persia, developed greatly as a result of this growth.

Decorated with large medallions containing two sinuous dragons in a bilaterally symmetrical design framed by borders containing roundels, offset by vegetal motifs, the present robe strongly demonstrates the Chinese influence on Sogdian design. A silk brocade, attributed to the T’ang dynasty, eighth century, now in the Shoso-in in Japan, has a very similar iconographic composition, indicative of the exchange between these great civilizations as early as the seventh century (illustrated in: Hayashi 1975, pp.24-25, no.13). 

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