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Fragment of Daoist vestment

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Part of Daoist vestment that includes section of border at hem with design of mythological beasts and a section of the border from the front opening with dragon and tiger motifs couched with twisted polychrome silk thread and gold-wrapped threads, accented with sections of gilt paper on a silk...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, late 18th century

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Height x width: 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

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Silk satin with couched with silk, gold-wrapped thread and gilt paper; border; silk satin embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts