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pair of skirt panels
  • China
  • pair of skirt panels, 1800s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk damask, gold thread, silver thread, embroidering, ribbon
  • Paper Type: couching
  • Object Length/Width: each 91.5 x 90.25 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 36 x 35 1/2 in
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James Campbell
  • Not on display
  • 1966.0027.a,b

Pair of woman's pleated skirts with embroidery on red damask and patterned gauze ground and applied ribbons. They are made of light green and blue silk twill couched with wrapped gold and silver threads in floral patterns with narrow ribbon edgings. There are four basic designs which are repeated on the skirt panels. They are:
1. Large circle, cloud motif border and musical jade motif on interior
2. Square with "angular hook" dragon head in center
3. Interlocking swirl borders with peony flower design. The medallion is surrounded by "honeycomb" pattern.
4. The first three designs are connected by a double blue line. The mid-points are located between major motifs and are composed of eight petalled flowers in the center of single-lined blue circles.