Image of Fish among aquatic plants painted on silk, late 16th or early 17th century, China. CBL C 1140.

Textiles

From lavishly-embroidered court robes to fine silk curtains protecting miniature paintings, a surprising variety of textiles can be found in the Chester Beatty collection. While more decorative fabrics were employed for book covers and scroll mounts, artists across Asia also used plain silk and cotton for painting.

Fish among aquatic plants painted on silk
late 16th or early 17th century
China
CBL C 1140

Highlights

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  • Image of Blue silk dragon robe, 19th century, China. CBL C 1053.

    Blue silk dragon robe
    1850-1900
    China
    CBL C 1053

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  • Image of Child's tiger hat, 19th or early 20th century, China. CBL C 3203

    Child's tiger hat
    19th or early 20th century
    China
    CBL C 3203

    2 / 9

  • Embroidered silk binding, Book of Common Prayer and administration of sacraments, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford (England), CBL BB665.

    Embroidered silk binding, Book of Common Prayer and administration of sacraments
    published by Oxford University Press
    Oxford (England)
    CBL BB665

    3 / 9

  • Fish among aquatic plants painted on silk, late 16th or early 17th century, China. CBL C 1140.

    Fish among aquatic plants painted on silk
    late 16th or early 17th century
    China
    CBL C 1140

    4 / 9

  • Mandala of the lion-headed dakini painted on cotton, 19th century, Tibet. CBL Tb 1858.

    Mandala of the lion-headed dakini painted on cotton
    19th century
    Tibet
    CBL Tb 1858

    5 / 9

  • Image of Protective silk curtain, Psalter, after 1235, Augsburg (Germany). CBL W 040.

    Protective silk curtain
    Psalter
    after 1235
    Augsburg (Germany)
    CBL W 040

    6 / 9

  • Image of Purple velvet binding, CBL W 139.

    Purple velvet binding, Gospel Book
    late 11th or early 12th century
    Byzantine Empire
    CBL W 139

    7 / 9

  • Velvet-covered slip-case with metal-wrapped thread, for a Qur’an, 1558, Turkey. CBL Is 1530.

    Velvet-covered slip-case with metal-wrapped thread
    for a Qur’an
    1558
    Turkey
    CBL Is 1530

    8 / 9

  • Image of Velvet panel, c. 1600-1650, possibly Iran. CBL Is Tx2.

    Velvet panel
    1600-1650
    possibly Iran
    CBL Is Tx2

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