A black silk gauze surcoat for a lady, embroidered with eight roundels filled with red-capped cranes holding lingzhi fungus, both emblems of long life, surrounded by flowers and leaves. The hem with a wide wave and water border, lishui, supporting wealth emblems of rhinoceros horns. The sleeve ends similarly decorated.
A surcoat decorated with cranes was suitable attire for summer wear over on the occasion of a celebration such as a wedding or auspicious anniversary.
Chinese, Guangxu period, 1875-1908 光緒
Length: 134.5 cms
Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection, Belgium, no. 0071
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