An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu
Late Qing dynasty
Intricately worked with roundels of four front-facing dragons that surround the front, shoulders and back while four other side-facing dragons fill the roundels above the wide lishui border, the roundels worked in gilt-wrapped threads for the dragon bodies and the shou medallions while various colored threads define the clouds and waves surrounding each dragon as well as the twelve imperial symbols worked into the roundels: the sun and moon embroidered in the shoulder roundels, the constellation as well as the fu figures and the axe to the center front, the pondweed and pair of goblet appearing in the lower front roundels, the mountain combined with a pair of dragons and the pheasant in the back center and the flame and rice grains in the two lower back roundels.
49in (124.5cm) long
- Please note the Bold Description should read: A rare imperial noblewoman's midnight blue satin surcoat embroidered with twelve symbols, longgua.