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  • China
  • rug
  • Where object was made: China
  • cotton, goat hair?, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 340 x 120 cm length includes fringe
    Object Length/Width: 133 7/8 x 47 1/4 in length includes fringe
  • Loan from Glenn Duffee
  • Not on display
  • L1996.009
  • Loan

Long rug woven using a cotton warp and a weft made from a coarse animal hair fiber, possibly goat hair.
At the top and bottom of the rug is a wide span of thin horizontal stripes in several different colors, including light orange, yellow, light blue, light green, off-white, and black.
The center portion of the rug has a light brown field, which may be the natural color of the animal hair weft. In the center of the field is a large bird, identified as a mandarin duck, with a white body, yellow and orange wings, orange feet, yellow beak, and a crest of orange and black. At each of the four corners of the light brown field is another bird, also identified as mandarin ducks, which are smaller than the central bird, but with the same coloration. All four birds face toward the center of the rug.
In the brown field around the birds, there are Buddhist symbols printed into the rug in a slightly darker shade of brown. The designs appear on both sides of the rug.