Woman's domestic semi-formal surcoat (waitao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty, Daoguang/Xianfeng periods
mid-19th century

Object Place: China


106.2 x 162.2 cm (41 13/16 x 63 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and couched gold-wrapped threads; metal buttons

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Han woman’s domestic semi-formal coat (waitao) in dark blue silk satin with design of floral roundels and scattered butterflies, flowers and bats embroidered in green, blue, brown, yellow, orange and white silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; round gold metal button and silk loop button closure at center front; lined with light blue plain-weave silk.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA July 6, 1911 Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection