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Embroidered Fabric for an Empress's Gunfu (Court Surcoat)

A work made of silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching.

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  • A work made of silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1898–1908

Artist:

Manchu, China

About this artwork

This fabric may have been commissioned for the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) late in her life. Symbols of Chinese imperial authority appear in the roundels in the center of the uncut cloth. These symbols, including the sun, moon, constellations, and rocks, appear on the coat’s shoulders, chest, and back, while the five-toed imperial dragon and standing waters are visible on the hem and cuffs.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Manchu

Artist

Cixi (Commissioned by)

Title

Embroidered Fabric for an Empress's Gunfu (Court Surcoat), Yardage for an Empress's Gunfu (Court Surcoat) with the Twelve Symbols of Imperial Authority (uncut and unmounted), Empress' Gunfu (Court Surcoat) (Uncut Yardage), Yardage for an Empress's Gunfu (Court Surcoat) with Four of the Twelve Symbols of Imperial Authority (uncut and unmounted)

Places

China (Object made in), Asia (Object made in)

Date

Made 1898-1908

Medium

Silk, warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; embroidered with silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk in satin and stem stitches; laid work and couching

Dimensions

303.5 × 199 cm (119 1/2 × 78 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Oriental Department Sundry Trust Fund

Reference Number

1946.462

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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