清 緞地彩繡水田衣 Theatrical robe for a female Daoist priest
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Silk thread embroidery on silk satin
54 x 78 in. (137.16 x 198.12 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1929
Not on view
This robe with colorful patchwork was a typical costume for the role of a female Daoist priest. A similar robe now in the collection of the Palace Museum, in Beijing, bears ink inscriptions that indicate it was called a “rice-paddy robe,” as its patchwork resembles the irrigated lowlands where rice is grown. Embroidery featuring multiple flowers adds charm and further suggests that the robe was designed for a female character.
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. "From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th centuries," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.