Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin weave patterned with extra continuous wefts
84 x 58 in. (213.4 x 147.3 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1935
Not on view
Known as chaopao, women's formal or state robes characteristically include an L-shaped seam between the collar and underarm fastenings that were most likely used to attach a long sleeveless coat over the garment.. This robe also features an attached collar, making it a complete set. Surviving examples of women's formal court robes are rare: not many were made, as women were not often included in court ceremonies. The unusual orange-yellow of the robe further indicates its high status. The original color, still well preserved inside, resembles that of a ripe apricot, a color designated only for the crown prince and his consorts.
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