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Streamer

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall (a): 10 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. (27 x 14.9 cm) Overall (b): 10 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. (27 x 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1967
Accession Number:
67.179.27a, b
Not on view
This streamer is part of a matching set of four in the Museum’s collection that were probably once a part of a woman’s skirt. Although usually such streamers simply come to a point at the bottom, these examples are shaped like large butterflies. On the butterfly’s back is the longevity symbol, wan, signifying ten thousand years.
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