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Formal Collar

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi) with painted details, embroidered with metallic thread
Overall: 13 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (34.3 x 76.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford E. Nelson, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Formal portraits of Qing-dynasty men and women—members of the imperial family, the nobility, and court officials—show them wearing this type of detachable collar (pi ling) over their formal court robes.
Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Nelson , Ridgefield, CT (until 1982; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.

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