About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Lion; valor, energy, was on court robes of military officials of the second grade. Peony, in the "game of the lion" may represent the sun.

Physical description

Rectangular, blue cover with black border and embroidery. Top and bottom have selvage edges. The sides have a black double bias binding with two lines of black braid. The central motif consists of two lions playing with peonies and ribbons. Each lion has a mane, tail and rosettes on its body. One lion has eyelashes while the other has a wrinkled forehead.