Theatrical robe for a female Daoist priest


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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.

Theatrical robe for a female Daoist priest, Silk thread embroidery on silk satin, China

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