PEM Collection Masks: Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng

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PEM’s new line of reusable cloth masks feature unique details from works in our rich and storied collection. From floral Japanese kimono prints and Chinese porcelain to witches flying over Salem and an iconic great sea serpent, your mask is sure to turn heads and spark conversations. View our full selection.

Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng

Court painters, Beijing
Hanging scroll, Ink and color on silk
Image 91 5/8 x 44 1/4 inches (232.728 x 112.395 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Sturgis Hinds, 1956

About the original work:

Empress Xiaomu, Daoguang period, 1850
Xiaomu (d. 1808) (pronounced see-ow mu), the first wife of the Daoguang emperor, sits on the golden phoenix throne and wears a yellow court robe with a long, dark blue vest adorned with dragons. This setting and her attire suggest formal occasions, such as palace assemblies, and convey her status as the imperial wife of the highest rank. Although she died twelve years before her husband became the emperor, she was posthumously granted the title of empress and revered after her death.


2 Layer Cotton and Polyester Blend

Elastic ear loops

8 inches wide; 5 1/2 inches height (with pleats open)

Care:  These reusable cloth masks are machine washable. We recommend washing your mask before first use and after wearing. Lay flat to dry.

Made in the USA

Not a direct substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks and are NOT FDA approved. This is a personal use item and cannot be returned.

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