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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk with embroidery in coloured silks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Her Majesty Queen Mary

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lady's tunic of dark blue silk, embroidered with coloured silks. Cut square, without sleeves. A Chinese landscape, with human figures (two riding phoenixes, some seated at table, a number playing musical instruments, etc.), butterflies, birds (including ducks in a lotus pond and a peacock), beasts, flowering plants and trees, parakeets, and buildings. There is a border on the shoulders, down either side of the narrow front opening, along the lower end and round the arm openings; it consists of a repeating pattern of confronting birds. At the top of the back is a lobed foliation with diaper fillings.

Place of Origin

China (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk with embroidery in coloured silks


Length: 25.25 in, Width: 24 in

Object history note

According to registration records, this object was given to Queen Mary from Mr Imre Schwaiger, who said that it was from 'the Summer Palace', and brought about 1860 to India where he found it in 1923. The Summer Palace refers to the imperial summer retreat Yuanming yuan, located north of Beijing. Yuanming yuan was destroyed by British and French troops during the Second Opium War in 1860. Another remark in the records states that this object was made in China for the 'Parsees of Bombay'. It is unlikely that this object came from Yuanming yuan.

Descriptive line

Lady's tunic, woven silk with embroidery in coloured silks, made in China for the Indian Parsi community, Qing dynasty, 19th century


Silk (textile); Silk thread


Weaving; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Birds; Figures; Trees; Landscapes


Textiles; Women's clothes; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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