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Jacket from 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: 36 3/4 x 85 1/4 in. (93.3 x 216.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.24
Not on view
The pattern of this jacket—part of a theatrical costume with skirt (see 30.76.23)—is simultaneously a grapevine and a dragon that twists and curves over the white background. The dragon's head is located at the center of the back of the jacket. Both the quality of the materials and the workmanship are very high: note the subtle color changes of the silk embroidery within the leaves and the use of gold thread to delineate the branches, leaves, and tendrils of the grapevine. The sleeves of the jacket take their shape from Ming-dynasty women's clothing.
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