清早期 刺繡百蝠紋女吉服袍 Woman's Ceremonial Robe (The Bat Medallion Robe)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
first half of the18th century
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
54 x 75 in. (137.2 x 190.5 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1943
Not on view
Renown as “Bat Medallion Robe,” this garment is a classic example of the elegant and exquisite embroidered court robes from the early eighteenth century. Each medallion consists of five interlaced bats, symbolizing five blessings in Chinese tradition. The pattern and style are comparable to examples excavated from the tomb of Prince Guo (d. 1738) in suburban Beijing in the early twentieth century. This garment is a rare example of an early eighteenth-century court robe in the Museum’s collection.