Paired cuffbands: Lavender branches with birds and flowers on silkArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date19th centuryMedium & Supportembroidered silkDimensions
12 5/8 in. x 17 1/2 in. ( 32 cm x 44.5 cm )Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. JoheLabel copy
Paired cuff bands
Qing dynasty (1644–1912)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe, 1989/2.38, 1989/2.34, 1989/2.51, 1989/2.33
On these two pairs of cuff bands, flowers, birds, and butterflies signify spring. The design on the cream silk pair is unusual because it illustrates a variety of flower types blooming on a single hybrid branch, while the other pair of cuff bands is more conventional, depicting different types of flowers as individual plants. The variations in color, shading, and pattern used in flower, bird, and butterfly motifs made them appealing since they were easily adapted to a garment’s color scheme.
Primary Object Classification Textile Primary Object TypeembroideryCollection AreaAsianRights
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