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woman's vest
  • China
  • woman's vest, mid-late 1800s
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk damask, metal thread, satin lining, embroidering, brass or bronze buttons
  • Paper Type: seed stitched patterns on damask groun
  • Object Length: 61.5 cm
    Object Diameter: shoulder 33 cm
    Object Diameter: waist 64 cm
    Object Length: 24 3/16 in
    Object Diameter: shoulder 13 in
    Object Diameter: waist 25 3/16 in
  • Gift in memory of James H. Walker Jr., by his family
  • Not on display
  • 2006.0111

A woman’s vest of cream colored damask with black silk borders and ocher satin lining. Both the front and back of the vest is decorated with embroidery auspicious patterns. On the front center is a green vase holding a red peony flower, with 2 scrolls behind the vase. 2 smaller vases are placed to either side of the flower vase, each holding a lingzhi fungus. Below the vases on the left are an incense burner, an incense box, and a vase of incense-burning utensils. On the right is a light green toad on a gourd. Close to the lower edges are 2 circular ornaments (possibly jade disks) tied with multi-color silk threads. On the back is another peony vase in the center of the garment with more auspicious patterns surrounding the vase. One the top are two pots of orchids; next to the peony vase are containers holding flywhisks, brushes and scrolls. Close to the lower edges are 2 sets of books and ruyi scepters tied with multi-color silk threads. The black borders also have embroidery of peony and orchid flowers. The vest has 5 brass or bronze buttons, each has a rearing lion.