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Damask Gown with “Xin Qi Embroidery”
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

1. This gown, ranked as a first level cultural relic, reflects the high artistic and technical level of the Han Dynasty in silk weaving and embroidery. “Xin Qi” is the old name for swallow and the pattern on the gown resembles the long tails of the swallow, hence the name of “Xin Qi embroidery”. Mawangdui Tomb No.1 yielded as many as 19 pieces of such “Xin Qi Embroidery” clothes, from which we can draw the conclusion that the nobles in the Han Dynasty favored this pattern. 2. This object reflects the banquet etiquette of the Han Dynasty. This gown was designed with a curve bottom, and according to Chinese ancient tradition, such an “uneven bottom” showed respect to the hosts of the banquet.

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

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silk and cotton 
Measurements
Length of clothes: 150cm; Width between Sleeves:250cm,Width of Sleeve-opening: 28cm,Width of Waist: 60cm. 
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
Dress 
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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