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Paired cuffbands: Lavender branches with birds and flowers on silk

Accession Number
1989/2.38

Title
Paired cuffbands: Lavender branches with birds and flowers on silk

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
embroidered silk

Dimensions
12 5/8 in. x 17 1/2 in. ( 32 cm x 44.5 cm )

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

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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

1–2

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 Type
embroidery

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Birds
Objects of adornment
flowers
textiles

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