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Cloud Collar

Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Cloud Collar
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
Period: 19th century
Date: 1800 - 1899
Era: 19th century Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
Dimensions: L 29 cm x W 29 cm
Materials: Silk; silk floss; metal thread
Techniques: Embroidered; Peking knot; couched; satin; hand-sewn
ID Number: T86.0697
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. The cloud shapes represent abundance. At one time, the neck opening symbolized the Sky Gate (the entrance to heaven), and the lobes, pointing in four directions, represented the universe in miniature.