Woman’s coat with crane medallions


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This type of coat was worn with an inner robe for important family occasions and ceremonies, such as significant birthdays. This example features eight medallions, each consisting of a stylized crane surrounded by patterns of bottle-gourd vines. As cranes and bottle gourds symbolize longevity, this design expresses auspicious wishes appropriate to the occasions on which the robe would have been worn.

Woman’s coat with crane medallions, Silk tapestry (kesi), China

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