Woman's Magua (Semiformal Domestic Short Robe)

A work made of silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin damask weave; facings: silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; ribbons: silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, one with extended ground weft loop fringe, silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, and silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; sleeve facings: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in flat, knot, and pekinese stitches; sleeve bands: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching; trim and closures: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; lined with silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'z' twill weave self-patterned by areas of plain weave.
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  • A work made of silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin damask weave; facings: silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; ribbons: silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, one with extended ground weft loop fringe, silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, and silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; sleeve facings: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in flat, knot, and pekinese stitches; sleeve bands: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching; trim and closures: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; lined with silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'z' twill weave self-patterned by areas of plain weave.

Date:

1880/1900, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Artist:

Manchu
China

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Artist

Manchu

Title

Woman's Magua (Semiformal Domestic Short Robe)

Origin

China

Date

1880–1900

Medium

Silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin damask weave; facings: silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; ribbons: silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, one with extended ground weft loop fringe, silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, plain weave with supplementary patterning warps, and silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 5:1 satin weave with plain interlacings of secondary binding warps and self-patterning ground wefts; sleeve facings: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in flat, knot, and Pekinese stitches; sleeve bands: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching; trim and closures: silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; lined with silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'Z' twill weave self-patterned by areas of plain weave

Inscriptions

Inscription translation (on sleeves bands):(on front, upper left, detail 1): From the distance of heaven you can see a single sail; The tears of the homesick are exhausted during the travel; (on front, upper right, detail 3): The leaves have fallen; white geese migrate south; The northern wind blows and streams become cold; (on back, upper right, detail 7): I love Mencius and his easy going ways; Known throughout the world; (on back, upper left, detail 5): Drunken moon of middle summer is not clear; I serve wine to one who is [also] not [very] clear [of mind]; (on back, lower right, detail 8): The cheek is red. Get rid of the carriage [a reference to a married lady]; A white-haired man [runs] panting beside

Dimensions

62.2 × 132 cm (24 1/2 × 52 in.) Repeat: 10.6 × 19.2 cm (4 1/8 × 7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Clayton W. Miller

Reference Number

1946.458

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