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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk gauze backed with gold paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dame Ada MacNaghten

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lady's summer robe of white silk gauze figured with clouds and lucky symbols. The embroidered gauze is backed with gold paper. The wide sleeves are trimmed with narrow sleeve bands of pink silk damask, patterned with a swastika fret and roundels and embroidered with polychrome silks in satin, long and short and stem stitches, with laid and couched work, with scenes of figures in garden settings.

The robe is decorated at the neck, hem, and sides and down the side opening with a seven-inch broad band composed of woven braids of gauze embroidered with polychrome silks in tent stitch and a little laid work. The embroidery depicts trees, flowers and various scenes of figures in landscape and garden settings.

Place of Origin

China (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk gauze backed with gold paper


Length: 108.6 cm, Width: 144.8 cm with arms outstretched, Length: 43 in, Width: 57 in

Descriptive line

Lady's robe of silk gauze, China, late 19th century


Clothing; Textiles; Embroidery; Fashion


East Asia Collection

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