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清 袞服雲龍圓補
Dragon Roundel from a Ceremonial Garment

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 x 12in. (30.5 x 30.5cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962
Accession Number:
62.97.38
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 212
This piece is from a set of four roundels, decorated the chest, back, and shoulders of a prince’s formal ceremonial garment. Each roundel bears a dragon-in-clouds pattern on a navy blue ground, and seven of the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols appear in the clouds around the edges—the canopy, endless knot, fish, lotus, umbrella, vase, and wheel. (Only the conch is missing.) The roundels for the chest and the back feature a frontal dragon (zheng long), while those for the shoulders show a dragon in motion (xing long) with its head in profile.

The emperor’s formal ceremonial garment is decorated in the same way, except that all four dragons appear frontally.
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