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dancer's cloud collar
  • China
  • dancer's cloud collar, 1800s or 1900s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk, gold thread, stone, satin, ribbons, embroidering, braiding, knotting
  • Paper Type: satin, stem
  • Object Length/Width: 49.5 x 104 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 1/2 x 41 in
    Object Length: Ribbons extend 90.17 cm
    Object Length: Ribbons extend 35 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Evelyn S. Classen
  • Not on display
  • 1951.0003.02

Dancer's cloud collar embroidered with silk, mostly in satin stitch and a few couched gold wrapped threads. The collar is layered with shaped and embroidered lappets of white, yellow, blue and red. It has four blue silk streamers and four elaborate silk tassels with white stone disks hanging from the collar. There are other braided and knotted hanging ornaments, tassels and applied ribbons also hanging from the collar. It is decorated with a border motif of round stylized shou in gold. There are regular character shou in silver and gold border outlines. The interior of the panel is decorated with an egret standing on one leg on a rock amid waves consisting of gold wrapped threads. The upper part of the panel is filled with blue clouds, a moon and the eight Buddhist objects. The lower part of the panel is filled with a silver and gold diagonal wave pattern. Both panels are identical in decoration. Export material.