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Imperial Court Robe

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 56 x 74 in. (142.2 x 188 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.5
Not on view
On this robe, woven from threads of silk and gold, five-clawed dragons (long), clouds, and flaming jewels appear against a rich blue ground above waves and mountains. Scattered among the dragons are variants of the Chinese character shou (longevity), making this robe an especially appropriate garment for birthday celebrations.

The embroidered neck and sleeve bands were made later than the tapestry-woven textile used for the robe.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," December 8, 1931–January 31, 1932.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes from the Forbidden City," 1945.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.

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