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清 緞地彩繡葡萄紋羅漢衣
Theatrical skirt with grapevines

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
Dimensions:
Overall: 38 3/4 x 54 3/4 in. (98.4 x 139.1 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
The pattern of this skirt—part of a theatrical ensemble with matching jacket 30.76.24—features an amalgam of grapevines and dragons that twists and curves across the white background. You can see one dragon head on the left of the jacket, and another can be found in the center on the back. The quality of both the materials and the workmanship is very high: note the subtle changes in color of the silk embroidery within the leaves and the use of gold thread to delineate the branches, leaves, and tendrils of the grapevine.
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