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Manchu Woman's Semiformal Vest

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Guangxu Period (1875-1908)

c. 1885-1905

Silk, slit tapestry (kesi) weave

Center Back Length: 28 1/2inches (72.4cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This waistcoat, which was probably made for the Empress Dowager Tz'u-hsi (1835 - 1908), is decorated with symbols of spring, including grass orchids and plum blossoms on cracked ice. Each button is decorated with a magpie on a flowering plum tree. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 171.

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