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Chinese Quilt
Unknown maker
Badaling District, China
c1996
54" x 65"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 1996:86.1; Gift of Liz Schweitzer
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Contemporary visitors to the Great Wall in the Badaling region outside of Beijing, China have the opportunity to purchase a great array of hand-crafted items including the "five poisonous creatures" - toad, snake, centipede, lizard, scorpion - locally believed to ward away evil spirits. This particular piece was purchase from a woman walking and carrying her wares on top of the wall.

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