Man's semi-formal surcoat (bufu)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
1890–1900


Object Place: China

Dimensions

117.5 x 169.5 cm (46 1/4 x 66 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.187

Medium or Technique

Silk satin with appliquéd court insignia badge embroidered with silk and gold-metallic thread

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s semi-formal surcoat (bufu) of dark blue satin and lined with a light blue damask; appliquéd with court insignia badge for a sixth rank civil official embroidered with an egret, satin stitch used for waves, clouds, and leaves. Egret, sun, bats, and Buddhist emblems worked in knot stitch. Egret is the symbol of 6th rank civil official.

Provenance

Anonymous gift to the MFA on April 5, 1923

Credit Line

Anonymous gift