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Theatrical Robe for the Role of a Guard

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin; appliqué of various woven silks
Dimensions:
Overall: 58 3/8 x 64 in. (148.3 x 162.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.33
Not on view
This costume, for the role of a guard, mimics armor. Animal heads decorate the geometric armorlike pattern at the shoulder and thigh. Unusual winged animals appear at the waist, powerful tigers at the hem. A similar costume, in white, is in the Qing court collection of theatrical costumes of the Palace Museum, Beijing.
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