Curtian tie back

Curtain tie backs are made up of two separate pieces of embroideries sewn together. The upper section of this piece is created using raised silk thread embroidery. The lower section uses the satin stitch. Satin stitches are a series of parallel stitches done close together. Bead tassels hang from the bottom of this piece. Curtain tie backs were common in the bridal chamber. This piece is adorned with auspicious motifs of phoenixes and peonies. Peonies represent springtime which is considered an auspicious time to get married. Phoenixes are symbols of high virtue and grace. When depicted as a pair, the phoenixes also represent happiness and good relations in the marriage.

Early 20th century
Straits Settlements
Object size: 52 x 30.5 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum

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