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清 緞地彩繡纓絡紋羅漢衣
Theatrical skirt with designs from Buddhist jewelry

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
The pattern of this skirt—part of a theatrical ensemble with matching jacket 30.76.22—features peony leaves and flowers on the shoulders, above a band of scrollwork that resolves into a pair of confronting dragons. The lower part of the pattern consists of suspended beads, punctuated by various auspicious motifs—endless knots, swastikas (wan in Chinese, meaning “ten thousand” and signifying eternality), bats, coins, musical stones, and ribbons. These decorations are often found on Buddhist jewelry (yingluo) usually worn by a bodhisattva.
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