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belt purse and panel
Date: early 20th Century
Dimensions: Other (larger piece): 11.4 × 9.4 cm (4 1/2 × 3 11/16 in.) Other (smaller piece): 5.2 × 9 cm (2 1/16 × 3 9/16 in.)
Medium: silk, card, stone bead, metalic thread
Made in: China
Collected in: Hong Kong
Description: An embroidered belt purse and panel connected by a cord and Chinese knot, green carved butterfly shaped bead and yellow tassel. The red silk drawstring purse has a broad loop at the top to be threaded onto a belt. This purse has overall counted thread embroidery of a blue peony and on the body a creature (possibly a butterfly), both on a red background with blue border. It is edged with blue braid, and also includes cash coins and bats, synonymous with wealth and happiness. The smaller panel is of a symmetrical design of a butterfly (symbolising longevity) on a white silk background with a repeat interlocking circle design depicting cash coins; the body includes Chinese characters. Another butterfly is depicted, raised above the larger one, in green, red and blue. This is linked to the purse with green cords and a Chinese knot. Both are backed in pale blue silk; the larger item has damask silk backing.
Inv. No.: 2015.233

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