Purse for man's court belt (shou)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
1870–80


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall (including handle/strings): 36.8 x 14 x 1.5 cm (14 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 9/16 in.) Other (Small band): 4 x 2 x 1 cm (1 9/16 x 13/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.2784

Medium or Technique

Silk split tapestry in silk and gold wrapped threads, silk cord, glass beads

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s drawstring purse (shou) with pleated opening, silk cords with two red glass beads and matching cap covered with design of Buddhist symbols and lishui border in silk tapestry on a dark blue ground; pair with 11.2783

This purse is one of a pair that would have been suspended from a sash-like belt (chaodai) worn around the waist of a Manchu man’s court coat.

Provenance

Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst to the MFA on November 2, 1911

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst