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Woman's Surcoat

Created: 1900-1930

Manchu-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China
Woven silk with metallic trim and brass ornamental closure balls
Gift of Ishbel Lyle.  2009.24.2

Woven into the silk is a fanciful presentation of youths in different roles and activities, from participating in a parade to playing musical instruments to dancing. The youth astride a deer is an impersonation of the god Sau who rides a deer and is a symbol meaning an easy, smooth life.