Baby carrier, handmade, silk / cotton, Hong Kong, 1930 - 1940
A baby carrier centring on a red silk square centrepiece. It features an embroidered peacock and floral motif in green, blue, black, pink, orange, yellow. There are differing pink, orange and green floral motifs at each corner. At each mid - point, there are Chinese characters in yellow which are, reading from top to bottom and left to right, chang, ming, fu and gui, meaning long life, riches and honour (ie wealth and rank). At the top centre is a triangular charm of several thicknesses of pale green silk satin.
Surrounding this centre square is a pale green silk brocade embroidered with floral sprays in black, blue, yellow, cream, pink and green. Four long straps made of cotton in a red, crimson and orange on a white background floral print extend from the bottom and top edges. The corners of the straps fold in to form pockets. The inside lining is of the same floral fabric.
There is some residue, possibly from masking tape, on one of the straps.
Embroidered yellow Chinese characters in the central red panel are read: "Chang Ming, Fu Gui" (longevity, wealthy, and good rank of officials).