Small Jing embroidery articles

Qing Dynasty
Collected in the Capital Museum

The articles include swatters, fan covers, thumb ring covers, money bags, pouches, key bags, and mirror covers. Most of them are decorated with auspicious patterns—peonies and butterflies meaning wealth; ‘longevity peaches’, ‘longevity stones’ and longevity characters meaning longevity; and bats, roosters and ‘auspicious clouds’ meaning good luck. Small Jing embroidery articles are characterized by fine craftsmanship and a rich variety of techniques.