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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • 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:


  • 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)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin silk with embrodery in coloured silks and gold thread


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


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Gold thread


Satin weave; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

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


Textiles; Accessories


East Asia Collection

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