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Woman's semi-formal domestic surcoat (waitao)

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Navy gauze Han woman's semi-formal surcoat (waitao) with design of large fans, rocks, flowers, peonies and lion pairs embroidered in silk and couched with gold-wrapped threads; center front opening wide square sleeves, narrow neck band, ties at waist, sides open from hem to under arm.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 10, 1902.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Chinese (Han), Qing dynasty, mid to late 18th century

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113 x 169 cm (44 1/2 x 66 9/16 in.)

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Silk gauze embroidered with silk and couched with metallic gold-wrapped threads


Textiles and Fashion Arts