Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a Brown Background, Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, China

Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a Brown Background

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
12 1/4 x 2 in. (31.11 x 5.08 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1967
Accession Number:
67.179.29
Not on view
Shown here is an embroidered fan case—an accessory worn at the waist for holding folding fans when they were not in use. It features an unusual technique—raised-work embroidery, which produces a three-dimensional effect (note the insect motifs).
Florance Waterbury , New York (until 1967; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," September 6, 2011–April 15, 2012.