Metropolitan Museum of Art, Qing Embroidered Butterflies Oblong Scarf

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, Qing Embroidered Butterflies 72" Oblong Scarf
The delicate embroidered butterflies on this museum soft wool-and-silk scarf celebrates the ornamentation on a striking silk robe made in the late 19th century during China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

This woman's garment in The Met collection is exquisitely embroidered with longevity medallions and silk butterflies. Since the Chinese word for "butterfly" is a homonym for "octogenarian," butterflies are also symbols of longevity. These auspicious creatures are likewise associated with weddings, so it's possible that this robe was worn for such a joyous occasion.

Specifications

  • 85% wool/15% silk
  • 72'' long x 22'' wide
  • Dry Clean

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About the Design
The delicate embroidered butterflies on this museum soft wool-and-silk scarf celebrates the ornamentation on a striking silk robe made in the late 19th century during China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911) possibly worn during a wedding or any similar celebration of life.