Woman's domestic surcoat (waitao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
last quarter 18th century

Object Place: China


115.4 x 140 cm (45 7/16 x 55 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk gauze embroidered in silk and couched in gold-wrapped thread

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dark blue gauze Han woman’s domestic surcoat (waitao) embroidered with a design of decorated fans, cranes, peonies, lotus peach blossom, butterflies, deer and plum blossoms couched in gold thread and embroidered in green, blue, brown and red silk. The embroidered cuffs are of light blue gauze; center front opening with brass buttons and silk button loops, side slits.


Mrs. H. M. von Brandt, purchased in Peking, about 1889; gift to the MFA on October 6, 1896.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. H. M. von Brandt