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Qun skirt
MNK VI-7480
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The collection of the National Museum in Krakow possesses a skirt made of silk gauzewoven in a pattern of swastikas and peonies. It is decorated with black edging and embroidery in the shades of blue (sanlan) with orchid, butterfly and bat motifs. The front and rear parts of the skirt present an embroidered water landscape with a pair of Mandarin ducks among lotus flowers, peonies and pomegranates. In chinese culture, a pair of mandarin ducks symbolize fidelity and marital happiness as these birds mate for life. Depictions of ducks combined with a lotus flower express the harmonyof married life, and in combination with a peony flower - the prosperity of such relationship. A pomegranate is considered to be a symbol of fertility, hence its ripe, halfopen fruit with visible seeds refers to wishes of numerous children.

History of the Object
Silk skirts worn by women of the Han nationality consisted of two identical parts, connected at the waist with a clasp. Each element consisted of a rectangular panel, which constituted the front or backof the skirt, and some folds on the sides.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk, embroidery 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century 
Function
clothing 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks "Manggha" Jasieński, 1920 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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