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Woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao)

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Han woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao) in blue silk damask with woven pattern of floral (flowers of the four seasons?) and endless knot motifs and embroidered with flowers, fruit, auspicious symbols and medallions consisting of figural pairs, peaches and flowers in red, green, yellow, black...

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Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf to the MFA September 12, 1946. Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

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Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf

Chinese (Han), Qing dynasty, mid to late 19th century

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111.2 cm (43 3/4 in.)

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Silk damask embroidered with floss silks and couched gold-wrapped threads


Textiles and Fashion Arts