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Very old according to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 1900, a Daoist monk named Wang Yuanlu discovered a secret cave at Qianfodung, the cave was sealed since 1000AD. These objects were brought back from Central Asia by the explorer and archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943). The silk textiles, including five silk streamers that have become detached from the main body, once formed part of a Buddhist altar valance. Altar valances like this one were once commonplace in Buddhist temples. In design, the same as in this picture below. It was recovered from Cave 17 of the Mogao Grottoes. This shrine site is one of China’s great Buddhist pilgrimage complexes and is situated near the oasis town of Dunhuang. The V&A holds on loan a large number of textiles from Dunhuang, including plain and pattern woven silks in many colours, painted Buddhist banners and canopies, and wrappers for Buddhist texts.
Apparently the patchwork of the banners and valances are to represent humility. These are often seen in the parasol like Victory Banners that hang from poles in the four corners of a monastery to represent the Buddhas victory over Mara- a demonic obstructor to spiritual progress presented as group of four 'maras' or 'evil influences' trying to tempt Buddha.