PEM Collection Masks: Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng


As featured in the Boston Globe and NPR! View our full collection here.

PEM’s new line of reusable cloth masks feature unique details from works in our rich and storied collection. From floral Japanese kimono prints and Chinese porcelain to witches flying over Salem and an iconic great sea serpent, your mask is sure to turn heads and spark conversations.

Portrait of Empress Xiaomu Cheng
Court painters, Beijing
Hanging scroll, Ink and color on silk
Image 91 5/8 x 44 1/4 inches (232.728 x 112.395 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Sturgis Hinds, 1956

About the original work: Empress Xiaomu, Daoguang period, 1850 Xiaomu (d. 1808) (pronounced see-ow mu), the first wife of the Daoguang emperor, sits on the golden phoenix throne and wears a yellow court robe with a long, dark blue vest adorned with dragons. This setting and her attire suggest formal occasions, such as palace assemblies, and convey her status as the imperial wife of the highest rank. Although she died twelve years before her husband became the emperor, she was posthumously granted the title of empress and revered after her death.

2 Layer Cotton and Polyester Blend
Elastic ear loops
8 inches wide; 5 1/2 inches height (with pleats open)

Care: These reusable cloth masks are machine washable. We recommend washing your mask before first use and after wearing. Lay flat to dry.

Made in the USA

Not a direct substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks and are NOT FDA approved. This is a personal use item and cannot be returned.

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  2. At checkout, select Curbside Pickup as your shipping method. Place your order.

  3. Once we have prepared your order, you will receive an email that your order is ready for pickup.

  4. Follow the pickup instructions provided in your email. Arrive at our designated curbside pickup location at 3 New Liberty Street and call 978-542-1619

Please Note: Please allow 2-4 days from purchase date for processing. Curbside Pickup is available Thursday through Sunday 11 am–4 pm.

We are pleased to accept returns within 30 days of the purchase date. All returned items must be in their original condition and packaging.

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Please note: Sale, clearance and personal use items, such as face masks, cannot be returned or exchanged for store credit.


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