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A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED YELLOW SILK POUCHES
19TH CENTURY
Each worked in gold and silver metallic thread couched with colored threads depicting a bat holding a fruiting peach branch in its mouth above a ribbon-tied wan emblem, all on a pale yellow satin ground, with yellow silk tassels
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long (2)
Provenance
Private Australian collection.

Lot Essay

The decoration on this pair of pouches, bats carrying a branch of two peaches and a ribbon-tied wan emblem, would have symbolized wishes for both endless blessings and longevity. Another pair of yellow satin aromatic pouches similarly embroidered in gold and silver-wrapped thread with the same motifs is illustrated by R.D. Jacobsen, Imperial Silks, Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. II, Minneapolis, 2000, pp. 778-9, no. 364.

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