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Purse

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin silk with embrodery in coloured silks and gold thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Caroline Nias and Mrs Baynes

  • Museum number:

    T.182&A-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Double-purse of cream-coloured silk satin, embroidered with coloured silks (mostly shades of blue) and gold thread. There are two pockets, one at each end; each pocket is fitted with a flap. The pattern consists of a phoenix bird, a Buddhist lion, butterflies and floral stems. The pockets are edged with silk braid; they are closed by tying strings of brown silk braid, partly knotted into patterns. The flap of the upper pocket (T.182A-1922) is detachable, the strings that fasten it to the latter pass through a perforated piece of metal.

The purse is lined with blue satin, the flaps with blue silk damask, and the pockets with white cotton. The number of the detachable flap (T.182A-1922) is on a rectangular piece of polished stone, which came with the purse and has been sewn up in it.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Satin silk with embrodery in coloured silks and gold thread

Dimensions

Length: 11.25 in, Width: 3.75 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1922/5416.

Descriptive line

Double-purse, satin silk with embrodery in coloured silks and gold thread, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Materials

Silk (textile); Silk thread; Gold thread

Techniques

Satin weave; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Butterflies; Lions (animals); Floral patterns; Phoenix birds

Categories

Textiles; Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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