Woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
mid-19th century

Object Place: China


97 x 170 cm (38 3/16 x 66 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk gauze with silk embroidery, gilt paper and gilt paper strips

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Han woman’s domestic semi-formal coat (ao) in white silk gauze with design of flowering trees and pavilions in blue, green, pale red, pink, ivory, yellow and brown silk embroidery; border in brown silk and gilt paper strip gauze over gold paper embroidered in silk with figures and scenery and edged with blue satin floral ribbon; gold metal flower buttons with blue satin button loops; bright pink silk damask lining that shows through the gauze.


Gift of Mrs. A. Craige Spring to the MFA on September 8, 1938

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. A. Craige Spring