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Woman's Surcoat

Created: 1900-1920
Technique: Embroidery

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.