Cape, second half of 16th century
Velvet brocade with gold ground and small set pattern of geometric motifs woven in tan velvet of cut pile
Diam. 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906 (06.941)
This mantle of a court page, made with a sixteenth-century Ming-dynasty velvet, is purely European in form. The gold thread is typically Chinese in style: gilded paper wound on a core of orange silk.