Manchu Surcoat

Manchu woman’s semiformal surcoat (p’u-fu). A surcoat has a front opening and is worn on top of a robe. Calf-length garment fastened with four loop and gilt metal toggle buttons, side vents. The wide sleeves end with decorated sleevebands.

One can learn a lot from the rank badges. They feature a paradise flycatcher indicating that the wearer was a wife of a civilian official of the ninth rank.The fact that the badges are not appliquéd but rather embroidered onto the garment means that the wearer was affluent. The badges are embroidered in the forbidden stitch(or French knot).

The rest of the coat is decorated in a scatter scheme with flowers and bats, all above a celestial landscape and executed in satin stitch.

Edged with black satin piping and lined in pale blue silk.


Circa: 19th Century

Origin: China

Material: Silk

Condition: Lining in frail condition with a patch to the neck area, otherwise very good condition

Dimensions: 48" Sleeve to Sleeve X 43"

Inventory number: WR3961



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