Woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
mid to late 19th century

Object Place: China


111.2 cm (43 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk damask embroidered with floss silks and couched gold-wrapped threads

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Han woman’s domestic semi-formal coat (ao) in blue silk damask with woven pattern of floral (flowers of the four seasons?) and endless knot motifs and embroidered with flowers, fruit, auspicious symbols and medallions consisting of figural pairs, peaches and flowers in red, green, yellow, black and white silk embroidery and couched gold thread; coat and sleeves trimmed with creme silk satin embroidered with landscape designs in polychrome silk; jui-i- shaped collar of cream silk satin embroidered with designs of figures, flowers and fruit in polychrome silk; trimmed with appliqued silk ribbons, six on sleeve, adjacent to cream silk border sewn on blue twill ground (later addition); gold metal flower buttons with red silk button loops; lined with red plain-weave silk.


Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf to the MFA September 12, 1946. Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

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Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf