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清晚期 緙絲團鶴紋女褂
Woman’s coat with crane medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1949
Accession Number:
49.32.124
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
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.
Private Collection, New York (until 1949; donated to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer," October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018.

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