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清 緙絲云龍紋甲
Theatrical armor with dragons

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 3/4 x 61 1/4 in. (75.6 x 155.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.32
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
This garment is part of a set of costume armor based on the style of the eighteenth-century Manchu Qing court. The lining bears a rectangular stamp reading “used by the Grand Theater,” which indicates that it was worn by performers in the Forbidden City. The exceptional tapestry work depicting five-clawed dragons, a symbol of the emperor, further confirms the robe’s imperial palace origin.
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