6 April 2015
AN EMBROIDERED GAUZE SURCOAT, GUNFU
JIAQING PERIOD (1796-1820)
The surcoat is embroidered with four roundels of front facing five-clawed dragons striding amidst multi-coloured clouds. The shoulder roundels are further embroidered with the symbol for sun and moon.
57 3/4 in. (146 cm.) wide.
Rev. Jonathan Lees of the London Missionary Society, served between 1862-1900
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