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woman's vest
  • China
  • woman's vest, 1800s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk, gold thread, silver thread, metal, embroidering
  • Paper Type: Peking or French knots, satin, seed, c
  • Object Length/Width: 89.5 x 63.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 1/4 x 25 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1033
Label Text

"Semi-official" vest with gold rank badges center front and back. It is decorated with embroidery on blue satin ground with mandarin squares. There is an applied knotted net, tassels and metal bangels. It has pink damask lining. There is a crane in the mandarin square located in the center, with cranes, peacocks and egrets underneath, all on a black background. It is decorated with dragons and mountain formations and diagonal multicolored waves below, which are surrounded by peaches and bats in clouds. It has silk net and tassels located around the lower hem.