Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Back and Sleeve of a Dragon Robe

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin damask
85 x 42 in. (215.9 x 106.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Vincent Astor, Jeanie Cayne, Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Joseph E. Hotung, Dr. and Mrs. John C. Weber and Anonymous Gifts, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
The pieces assembled in this panel are parts of a dragon robe or coat made for the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month-the first full moon of the year. The panel, which has a wide border of silk woven in the eighteenth century, includes the back and one sleeve of a dragon robe with a pattern of a composite lantern framed on three sides by dragons.
Inscription: "Nei" [within] stamped twice in ink, lower left corner
[ Stephen McGuinness , New York, until 1986; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.

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