Central Asian textiles with lobed medallions were introduced in China during the Sui and Tang dynasties. Such textiles were prized, and could be used as currency or to express one's wealth. The lobed medallions were translated into Chinese brocades and continued to be cherished during the Mongol Yuan period. Compare another Yuan dynasty gold-faced paper and silk woven brocade fragment with a similar dragon medallion design from the Amy S. Clague Collection, published in Weaving China's Past, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 2000, cat. no. 2.