Woman's domestic surcoat (waitao)

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


121 x 135.3 cm (47 5/8 x 53 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped threads

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Han woman’s domestic surcoat (waitao) in navy silk satin with design of waves, flower roundels and scattered flowers over a cracked ice pattern embroidered with polychrome silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; sleeve turnbacks of light blue silk satin with design of flowers, fans and gourds embroidered in silk and couched with gold thread; trimmed with black satin and gold ribbon appliqué; center front opening with black satin button and loop closure; lined with yellow plain-weave silk.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection