Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. Make a donation.

close_button
Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

清 緞地彩繡纓絡紋羅漢衣
Theatrical skirt with designs from Buddhist jewelry

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
Dimensions:
Overall: 39 x 54 in. (99.1 x 137.2 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.21
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.

Related Objects

Theatrical jacket with designs from Buddhist jewelry

Date: 18th century Medium: Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders Accession: 30.76.22 On view in:Not on view

Woman's Ceremonial Robe (The Bat Medallion Robe)

Date: first half of the18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: 43.119 On view in:Not on view

Daoist priest’s robe

Date: 18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on satin Accession: 30.75.3 On view in:Gallery 220

Rank badge with peacock

Date: 18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: 46.133.50 On view in:Gallery 220

Panel with cranes over an immortal land

Date: dated 1777 Medium: Silk embroidery on satin Accession: 1977.264.5 On view in:Gallery 220