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Joined Cuffbands: Golden boy and jade maiden playing instruments, riding dragon

Accession Number
1989/2.33

Title
Joined Cuffbands: Golden boy and jade maiden playing instruments, riding dragon

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
embroidered silk

Dimensions
23 1/16 in. x 7 3/16 in. ( 58.5 cm x 18.3 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe

Label copy

Paired cuff bands

China
Qing dynasty (1644–1912)
19th century
Embroidered silk
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe, 1989/2.38, 1989/2.34, 1989/2.51, 1989/2.33

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These cuff bands depict a female figure atop a phoenix and a male figure on a dragon. Like many of the motifs used in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century embroideries, this pairing can have a variety of symbolic meanings. Since the phoenix and the dragon are associated with yin and yang, they can allude to marital bliss. The figures can also refer to the golden boy and jade maiden, popular figures in Daoist and Buddhist folk tales who represent positive attributes such as filial piety and good fortune.



Primary Object Classification
Textile

Primary Object Type
embroidery

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
Musical instruments
Objects of adornment

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