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Chinese Embroidered Roundel

Embroidered, 19th century roundel from China. Embroidered, 19th century roundel from China. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. FE.123C-1983.

An embroidered silk satin roundel, 25 cm in diameter, with floss silk embroidery now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, was made in China and dates to the nineteenth century. The roundel shows one of the mythological eight immortals, namely He Xian'gu, set in a garden.

The roundel is one of a set of eight, each with a representation of one of the immortals. The embroidery on these roundels tends to be worked in straight stitch, stem stitch and small knots. There is also some gold thread couched down onto the ground material.

Source: WILSON, Verity (2003). 'A diplomat's collection: The Chinese textiles of Sir John Addis,' Arts of Asia, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 90-101.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 10th July 2016).

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