PEM Collection Masks: Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng

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Each one of our masks features a detail from works in the Peabody Essex Museum collection. View our full selection.


Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng

Chinese artist
Ink and color on silk
China
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, wife of Qing Dynasty Emperor Xianfeng (1831-1861)

As a nod to Empress Xiaomu’s nomadic origins, her fur-lined cuffs are shaped like horse hooves. It’s a clever way to express the empress’ ethnic origins (the Manchu are considered legendary horse people) and a very practical way to stay warm!

Everything about Empress Xiaomu’s appearance is strictly defined by her status and stipulated in the imperial edicts of her day, from the seven gold phoenixes that rim her crown, to the two over-sized fresh-water pearl necklaces that drape her torso and the bright imperial yellow color of her robe that can only be donned by emperors, empresses and empress dowagers.


DETAILS

2 Layer Cotton and Polyester Blend

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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