Purse for man's court belt (shou)

Qing dynasty
1890 to 1899

Object Place: China


Height x width (including handle/strings): 17 1/2 x 5 in. (44.5 x 12.7 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground embroidered with gold and silver wrapped threads, silk cord

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s drawstring purse (shou) with double-gourd shape and design of Chinese characters for blessings and longevity (fu, shou, lu) embroidered in metallic gold and silver thread on a black silk satin ground; gold twisted silk cord with tassels and decorative braided knots and bands in blue and white.

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.


Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst to the MFA on November 2, 1911

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Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst