Woman's domestic skirt (qun)

Chinese (Han)
mid 19th–late 19th century

Object Place: China


Height x width: 38 3/8 x 61 13/16 in. (97.5 x 157 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave; silk damask; silk satin; silk and metallic embroidery

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Off-white woman’s skirt (qun) with damask patterning of bats and flowers. Lower portion of skirt is trimmed with black silk and embroidered with butterflies, peonies and other flowers. Central panel with silk and metallic embroidery of landscape with pagodas, peonies, and trees. Black silk border with embroidered flowers, gold scrolls, jars, and other Buddhist symbols. Reverse is red silk damask with geometric forms and stylized flowers.


1920s, purchased by Mary Swope, Massachusetts, in Beijing, China; 1957, by inheritance to her son, Isaac Swope, Massachusetts; by descent to his daughter, Julia Swope Child, Woods Hole, MA; gift of Child to the MFA. (Accession date: February 24, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Julia Swope Child