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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin weave silk with polychrome silk embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Addis Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of spherical elbow cushions each made from six oval-shaped panels with two circles at top and bottom. The yellow satin weave ground is embroidered in shaded red, white and blue untwisted silk yarn mostly in satin stitch and small knots. The repeating design is of stylised flowers, some contained in roundels, and bats.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1780-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin weave silk with polychrome silk embroidery


Diameter: 23 cm approximately, Circumference: 79 cm approximately

Object history note

Registered File number 1965/3344.

Descriptive line

Pair of elbow cushions, yellow silk satin with polychrome silk embroidery, China, Qing dynasty, 1780-1850

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

Wilson, Verity, Chinese textiles, London: V&A publications, 2005, page 41, plate 40.
Wilson, Verity, 'A Diplomat's Collection: The Chinese Textiles of Sir John Addis' in Arts of Asia vol.33 no.2, 2003, pp.90-101 plate 6

Labels and date

These solid cushions, for resting the elbows and forearms, were put on large throne-like chairs and on the raised heated platforms used for sitting in North China. The graded blues and reds of the embroidery silks and the yellow colour of the background material indicate that they may have originally been in one of the imperial palaces. []


Silk (textile); Silk thread


Satin weave; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Bats


Textiles; Household objects; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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