An extremely unusual Manchu Bannerman’s informal riding coat in silk gauze, with delicate roundels. The front overlap on this style of riding coat was cut short and held in place with loop-and-toggle fastenings to keep it in place while riding.
N.B: See John Vollmer: ‘Ruling from the Dragon Throne’. Another similar example can be found in the Palace Museum, Qing Court Collection.
China, early 19th Century