清 緞地彩繡纓絡紋羅漢衣 Theatrical skirt with designs from Buddhist jewelry
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
Overall: 39 x 54 in. (99.1 x 137.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1929
Not on view
The pattern of this skirt—part of a theatrical ensemble with matching jacket 30.76.22—features peony leaves and flowers on the shoulders, above a band of scrollwork that resolves into a pair of confronting dragons. The lower part of the pattern consists of suspended beads, punctuated by various auspicious motifs—endless knots, swastikas (wan in Chinese, meaning “ten thousand” and signifying eternality), bats, coins, musical stones, and ribbons. These decorations are often found on Buddhist jewelry (yingluo) usually worn by a bodhisattva.
New York. China Institute in America. "Embroidery of Imperial China," March 15, 1978–May 29, 1978.
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.