Joined Cuffbands: Golden boy and jade maiden playing instruments, riding dragonArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date19th centuryMedium & Supportembroidered silkDimensions
23 1/16 in. x 7 3/16 in. ( 58.5 cm x 18.3 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
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 TypeembroideryCollection AreaAsianRights
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