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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk embroidery on silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This textile accessory is an oval purse, and from the embroidered design, most probably made for a child or to carry a child's things. Such oval purses were mainly embroidered on the lower half, as the upper portion would have been pleated and a cord drawn through so it could hang from a girdle or belt. This purse has a series of small holes at the top, possibly where cords would have been drawn through to secure the purse.

Physical description

Purse for a child, embroidered with dragon emerging from waters in chain stitch, seed stitch and single satin (or straight) stitch. Blue and white silk embroidery on red silk. Bordered with black silk.

Place of Origin

China (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk embroidery on silk satin


Length: 12.5 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1947/374. From the collection of Bernard Vuilleumier.

Descriptive line

Purse for a child, blue and white silk embroidery on red silk satin, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Garrett, Valery. Chinese Dress Accessories p.118

Subjects depicted

Ocean; Dragon


Children's clothes; Accessories


East Asia Collection

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