清 緞地彩繡葡萄紋羅漢衣 Theatrical jacket with designs from Buddhist jewelry
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
37 1/2 x 88 in. (95.25 x 223.52 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1930
Not on view
The pattern of this jacket—part of a theatrical ensemble with matching skirt 30.76.21—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.