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The Embroidery of "Foremost Scholar Lane"

G/F Cityplaza One
Fook Hing Workshop, Guangzhou, 1906
This richly ornamented, embroidered silk cloth was presented to Butterfield and Swire Ltd by a local merchant and client of the company in 1906 to form the backdrop of a Bai San ceremony at new wharves and godowns in Pak Hin Hok, Canton (now Guangzhou). This piece includes a number of auspicious symbols and characters. The figures of the dragon and phoenix represent good luck and success, while the cranes symbolise longevity. Perfectly preserved in Swire's headquarters in London for nearly a century, the silk was returned to Hong Kong in 1997 and installed in Cityplaza One in 1999.
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