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Woman's informal robe decorated with a motif of boys at play
清朝百子庭園粉塘戲樂圖女常服稳緞彩繡
Place of Origin: China
Date: approx. 1800-1911
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Object Name: Costume
Materials: Silk embroidery on satin
Dimensions: H. 47 1/2 in x W. 74 in, H. 120.6 cm x W. 188 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Max de Hes
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Textiles
Object Number: 1988.2
On Display: No

Description

Label:

清朝百子庭園粉塘戲樂圖女常服稳緞彩繡

This garment is embroidered all over with the "hundred boys" motif in a combination of stitch types. The boys are playing in a garden setting, engaging in ordinary activities as well as ones filled with symbolism. For example, a group of boys frolic in a lotus pond, representing a wish for sons and grandsons to live in harmony. Another boy carries a large pomegranate bursting with seeds, symbolic of a wish for many male descendants. Yet another is in the act of breaking off a branch from an osmanthus tree, symbolizing the passing of the civil service examination with high honors. Furthermore, two boys pull toy boats loaded with pomegranates and official headdresses and belts. This motif is a pictorial pun for the wish "May my rank pass on to my descendents."


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Exhibition History: "Asian Embroideries", Asian Art Museum, 4/6/1988 - 7/12/1988
Label:

清朝百子庭園粉塘戲樂圖女常服稳緞彩繡

This garment is embroidered all over with the "hundred boys" motif in a combination of stitch types. The boys are playing in a garden setting, engaging in ordinary activities as well as ones filled with symbolism. For example, a group of boys frolic in a lotus pond, representing a wish for sons and grandsons to live in harmony. Another boy carries a large pomegranate bursting with seeds, symbolic of a wish for many male descendants. Yet another is in the act of breaking off a branch from an osmanthus tree, symbolizing the passing of the civil service examination with high honors. Furthermore, two boys pull toy boats loaded with pomegranates and official headdresses and belts. This motif is a pictorial pun for the wish "May my rank pass on to my descendents."


Exhibition History: "Asian Embroideries", Asian Art Museum, 4/6/1988 - 7/12/1988