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Woman's shawl

Chinese (for the Western Market)
mid-19th century

Place of Manufacture: China; Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


193 x 187.5 cm (76 x 73 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with silk embroidery

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Square silk crêpe shawl, bluish-green with silk embroidery in same color; deep border design of peonies, lotus and several other varieties of flowers; spray of same motifs pointed in to center of shawl above border; embroidered in satin and stem stitches; knotted fringe on all four sides; entire shawl has been dyed bluish-green, originally white.


Used by the Robbins family of Lexington, MA; Inherited by Dr. Merrell L. Stout from Ellen A. Stone; Gift to the MFA, June, 1945

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Merrell L. Stout