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)
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1967
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.
Florance Waterbury , New York (until 1967; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.