Woman's jacket (magua)

Qing dynasty

Object Place: China


98.4 x 173.2 cm (38 3/4 x 68 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin ground embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s jacket (magua) of dark blue satin embroidered with scattered groups of flowers, fish and butterflies in greens, blues, yellows, red, pinks, white, and black silk; around the neck, front and bottom of the coat is a shaped border of black satin desing of diamond-shaped floral lozenges embroidered in blue, white, and green silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread; neck piece is edged with pink and white gimp and has border with design of male and female figures and flowers; sleeve turnbacks are embroidered in silk with figures and flowers on a white silk satin ground; center front opening with black silk knot button and loop closure; lined with light blue 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