Woman's domestic semi-formal coat (ao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty

Object Place: China


117 x 134.7 cm (46 1/16 x 53 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with floss silk and couched gold-wrapped threads

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Han woman’s semi-formal coat (ao) with wide sleeves in orange-red silk satin and design of roundels with good luck symbols, including: peony, butterfly, magic sabre, vase and endless knot symbols, swastika, parasol and Buddhist wheel embroidered with soft greens, blues, yellow, pink, red, gray and white silk and couched with gold thread; trimmed in black satin embroidered with floral design in blue and white silk and couched with gold thread and blue, white and yellow gimp; yellow satin cuffs are embroidered with figures and landscape in silk and couched with gold thread; side opening with round brass buttons and silk loop closures; lined with blue plain-weave silk.


1902, Yamanaka and Co., Boston; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $2650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 17, 1902)

[1] MFA accession nos. 02.48 - 02.68 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund