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四美圖 (The Four Chinese Beauties)

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  • Title (object)

    • 四美圖 (The Four Chinese Beauties)
  • Description

    The Four Chinese Beauties silk embroidery by Yao Huifen and designed by Mr. Xiang Wenren. These Beauties are Xishi washing gauze, Diaochan praying to the moon, Zhaojun going abroad and Concubine Yang getting drunk.

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  • Date

    • 2011
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 centimetres (each)
    • Width: 30 centimetres
  • Exhibition history


    Textiles from the World Eco Fibre WEFT exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, London (18 January-23 March 2013).

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