Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Robe for Tibetan aristocrat (chuba)

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk, wrapped gold on cream silk, wrapped peacock feather filaments
Overall: 61 x 75 3/4 in. (154.9 x 192.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
In addition to bolts of cloth, court robes were often sent from China to Tibet in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries where they were refitted into a style of dress worn by lay aristocrats. Close examination of the dragons on the upper part of this robe reveals that parts of their bodies do not match precisely, which suggests that this garment was either made from a larger one or pieced together from different robes. Such reworking illustrates the value awarded to Chinese textiles in Tibet at the time.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Power and Prestige: Chinese Dragon Robes 18th–21st Century," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

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