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Woman's Robe with "Longevity" Medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 56 1/2 x 57 in. (143.5 x 144.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.79.4
Not on view
This robe, when worn with a matching dark blue coat (also in the Museum's collection), would have been appropriate formal wear for the wife of a nobleman or official on auspicious occasions such as birthdays. Each of the medallions combines the character for longevity (shou) with a pair of swastikas (wan), denoting ten thousand years.
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," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.

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