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Hundred Bird

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Hundred Bird
  • Description

    Coat or jacket; man or woman's Guzhang festival costume or 'Hundred Bird Coat'. Base cloth of unbleached cotton with seeds still in. Hand-spun and hand-woven in diamond twill weave. No collar; cut away on side fronts to give 'v' neck, sleeves made from three pieces. Eleven free hanging panels attached to main part of jacket. Decorated with applied pieces of silk felt backed either by paper or cloth. Triangles of red silk-like cloth on front. All pieces are embroidered in satin stitch in floss silk. Silk felt stained unevenly in bright green; embroidery mainly in strong red, blue, black and white with some use of yellow, mauve and maroon. Front has motifs of birds and butterflies; rear has central motif of two spiralling birds surrounded by four butterflies, with bottom strip of repeated curved 'moon' shapes. Sleeves have motifs of schematic creatures. On skirt panels are two designs; white feathers set in folded-over squares of red cloth are attached, using Job's Tears seeds.


  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Yangweng term details
    • (Asia,China,Guizhou (province),Qiannan Bouyeizu Miaozu (prefecture),Yangweng)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 115 centimetres (including feathers)
    • Width: 144 centimetres (across arms)
  • Bibliography

    • Corrigan 2001 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    Selected items from Miao textiles were on display in exhibition 'Miao Costumes from South West China' as part of the BP Exhibition Showcase, which closed 11 Oct 1998.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Collected by Corrigan's colleague Lu Chang in April 1995.

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