Theatrical jacket with designs from Buddhist jewelry


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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.

Theatrical jacket with designs from Buddhist jewelry, Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders, China

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