Woman's Ensemble of Robe and Coat with Shou Medallions, Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi), China

Woman's Ensemble of Robe and Coat with Shou Medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 56 1/2 x 57 in. (143.5 x 144.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.79.3
Not on view
This ensemble of robe and coat constittued formal wear for the wife of a nobleman or official on auspicious occasions such as birthdays. The darker, simpler coat which fastens down the front, was worn over the more elaborate robe. the ensemble is decorated with large medallions of the character shou, meaning longevity. This version of shou incorporates the swastika, wan, denoting ten thousand years.
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. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.