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明/清 緙絲絳衣
Daoist Robe

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
Credit Line:
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1943
Accession Number:
43.144
Not on view
This dazzling garment would have been worn by Daoist priests during ceremonies. The back of the robe, which is displayed here, depicts five dragons hovering above a primordial landscape of stylized mountains rising from a frothy sea.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes from the Forbidden City," 1945.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Ming Dynasty," February 11, 2009–August 2, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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