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A Bird Watcher’s Delight

I’d heard of Bird Rugs ….usually associated with Afshar group of South Persia.

Something like this:

 

But now I’m seeing a Bird Shawl!

This Cantonese work of art has other main motifs but it has so many birds and such a variety of them that it is impossible to overlook their presence.

Here are some:

1385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 381385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 411385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 421385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 431385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 471385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 491385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 501385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 401385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 40-B

1385 ANTIQUE MANILA MANTON CANTONESE EMBROIDERY DRAGON MOTIF SHAWL 31

Interesting right?

Now it is for the bird watchers to name the birds that we are seeing!

The themes in one group of Cantonese shawls are usually very very specific and flowers and butterflies and birds are just fillers used to create the picture.

But in this case, birds are clearly close to the heart of the artist and much time has been spent on finding them all some space in the heirloom!

If only we could ask the artist directly … what were you thinking?

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jm

July 2019

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