Woman's domestic short coat (magua)

Chinese (Manchu)
first quarter 20th century

Object Place: China


87.5 x 133.4 cm (34 7/16 x 52 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk cut and uncut pile (velvet) on satin-weave ground

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Manchu woman’s domestic short coat (magua) for winter in olive green velvet with overall design of characters for long life (shou), endless knots, bats, swastika (wan=10,000) and clouds (yun) and repeating floral pattern at collar, neckline, front and sleeves; side opening with dark blue satin button loop closure; lined with yellow plain-weave silk.

This type of winter coat would have been worn with long wool pants.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection