Skirt from Theatrical Ensemble for a Female Role

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 39 x 116 in. (99.1 x 294.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.63.2
Not on view
A close look at this colorful design of phoenixes amid scrolling vegetation reveals transformations in the pattern: some of the flowering areas have heads. This transformational potential is present in the patterns of many Chinese costumes. In addition, the embroidered design of this skirt is identical to that of a theatrical jacket in the Qing court collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.
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. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.