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Daoist Robe (Jiang yi)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry weave (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 54 3/4 x 65 3/4 in. (139.1 x 167 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1943
Accession Number:
43.144
Not on view
The poncho-like jiang yi is worn for particular ceremonies by high-ranking Daoist priests. Boldly tapestry-woven with writhing five-clawed dragons (long) on a red ground clutching a yin and yang symbol, this jiang yi's lower band features dragons with trigrams on a golden-yellow ground. The sleeve and neck bands are later replacements.
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