Cloud collar

The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. The cloud shapes represent abundance. At one time, the neck opening symbolized the Sky Gate (the entrance to heaven), and the lobes, pointing in four directions, represented the universe in miniature.

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What are the symbolic images embroidered on this collar and what do they mean?

responded: Apr 17, 2012

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This cloud collar features many Chinese symbols of happiness, longevity, and prosperity including: flowers - orchid, chrysanthemum, lotus, peony, flowering prunus; fruit - peach, pomegranate, Buddha's hand; insect/animal - bat, butterfly; characters/symbols - "hsi" (double happiness), Buddhist Swastika, Mystic Knot; miscellaneous - coin, sceptre, scroll, three-footed libation cup, vases, "Four Treasures".

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