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Purse for man's court belt (shou)

Chinese
1870–80


Object Place, China

Dimensions

Overall (includes handle/strings): 28 x 12 x 1 cm (11 x 4 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.2786

Medium or Technique

Silk split tapestry in silk and gold wrapped thread (kesi), braided silk cord

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man's drawstring purse (shou) with pleated opening and pink braided silk cords and with design of Chinese character for long life surrounded by bats, clouds, endless knot and water and wave pattern (lishui) border in silk tapestry on a yellow ground; pair with 11.2788

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