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Woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao)

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Han woman's semi-formal coat (ao) with wide sleeves in orange-red silk satin and design of roundels with good luck symbols, including: peony, butterfly, magic sabre, vase and endless knot symbols, swastika, parasol and Buddhist wheel embroidered with soft greens, blues, yellow, pink, red, gray...

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1902, Yamanaka and Co., Boston; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $2650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 17, 1902) NOTES: [1] MFA accession nos. 02.48 - 02.68 were purchased together for this amount.

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Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Chinese (Han), Qing dynasty, 1880–90

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117 x 134.7 cm (46 1/16 x 53 1/16 in.)

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Silk satin embroidered with floss silk and couched gold-wrapped threads


Textiles and Fashion Arts