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$500

Large Chinese Cloud Collar, Qing Dynasty
Cloud Collar is a detachable collar with pattern of clouds. The cloud collar was developed from the feather coat during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). The ancient noblewomen with ranks given by the emperor all wore it. However, the sun, moon and the dragon could not be used as decorations for the cloud collar. The cloud collar were both exquisite and subtle. In Ming Dynasty (from 1368 to 1644), women wore cloud collar as a decoration for protocol suit. In Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the cloud collar was worn by people with social status, especially young women. There were generally four to eight clouds, and on each cloud there were decorative pattern featuring flowers, insects. The most elegant and intricately detailed cloud collar often took more than six months to make. Han women also ware the cloud collar as a decoration at their weddings.

This silk cloud collar from the Qing Dynasty is made of 4 embroidered lappets shaped to resemble clouds. There are 6 pieces on each lappet, together in all four lappets represent the 24 Solar Terms and four seasons of each lunar year. This cloud collar is much larger than normal, and it must be made for a very special event. The color combination of this cloud collar is quite modern considering it was made over 100 years ago.

Size: about 30" from lower left point to lower right point. It can be folded into 1/4 of the full size.

Condition: good condition considering the age.



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