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Chinese pair of silk sleeve bands

Reference
5556
Height
68 cm (26 3/4")
Width
25 cm (9 3/4")
Chinese silk embroidered pair of sleeve bands with couched gilt thread. Excellent colour and subject matter.

The embroidery shows shaped cartouches of noble flowers or Buddhistic lions which were based on the Tibetan Terriers as these dogs sat outside the Temples awaiting their masters.

The shaped panels are separated by couched gilt thread in a trellis pattern which reflects the pattern often found on fences and window shutters.

The bands have a peacock eye border which is based obviously on the tail feathers of the peacock. in Chinese folk lore the peacock is an important bird and the feathers much prized, the throne was referred to as the peacock throne.

Sleeve bands represented status, as they dropped down from the edge of the sleeve they were both visible and would show dirt so the longer the sleeve band the less work you could do and therefore had a retinue to do the work.
Height
68 cm (26 3/4")
Width
25 cm (9 3/4")
Year
c 1860
Medium
silk and gilt thread
Country
China
Provenance
from a private English collection
Condition
perfect