Fragment of Daoist vestment

Qing dynasty
late 18th century

Object Place: China


Height x width: 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin with couched with silk, gold-wrapped thread and gilt paper; border; silk satin embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of Daoist vestment that includes section of border at hem with design of mythological beasts and a section of the border from the front opening with dragon and tiger motifs couched with twisted polychrome silk thread and gold-wrapped threads, accented with sections of gilt paper on a silk ground with overall pattern of small diamond-shaped lozenges couched with gold-wrapped thread; border on four sides of white satin embroidered with figures, flowers and floral and animal roundels in polycrome silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread, edged with light and dark blue silk satin; dark green plain-weave backing.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection