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Plain Gauze Gown
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The gown, a first-class cultural relic, is the earliest, most well-preserved, most exquisite and thinnest dress in the world. With the material areas reaching about 2.6 m2, the gauze weighs only 48 grammes and even only 25 grammes after removing the sleeve-openings and collar and can be folded into a matchbox. This treasure represents the highest level of early Han in sericiculture, silk reeling and fabric manufacture. There's a wide spectrum of opinions on the function of this gown. The historical record says this translucent gown was coated on a bright silk floss cloth to add a sense of hazy beauty; some experts hold that it is a funeral object; while others believe it is a piece of sexy underwear.

History of the Object
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silk fabric 
Measurements
Length of Clothes: 160cm, Width between Sleeves:195cm,Width of Sleeve-opening: 27cm,Width of Waist: 48cm,Weight: 48 grams 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 2nd Century BCE; 202 BCE -168 BCE 
Function
Clothes 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972 and collected by Hunan Provincial Museum after that. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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