Manchu-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China Silk with silk floss embroidery Gift of the Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Buesing. 1967.20.5
This surcoat is embroidered with seasonal flowers and bats. The bat is a symbol of good luck and the more bats that appear, the greater amount of good fortune is bestowed on an individual. The bat is also thought to be a symbol for happiness and long life.