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Theatrical Ensemble for a Female Role

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 39 x 54 in. (99.1 x 137.2 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.21
Not on view
At the shoulder of this theatrical ensemble are leaves and flowers (probably peonies) above a band of scrollwork that resolves itself into a pair of confronting dragons. The lower part of the pattern consists of suspended beads punctuated with various auspicious motifs—endless knots, swastikas (wan, meaning "ten thousand" and signifying longevity), bats, coins, musical stones, and ribbons. The sleeves of this piece take their shape from Ming-dynasty women's clothing.
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