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清 緞地彩繡葡萄紋羅漢衣
Theatrical jacket with grapevines

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, brocade borders
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 3/4 x 85 1/4 in. (93.3 x 216.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.24
Not on view
The pattern on this jacket—part of a theatrical costume with skirt 30.76.23— features an amalgam of grapevines and dragons that twists and curves across the white background. You can see one dragon head on the left of the jacket, and another can be found in the center on the back. The quality of both the materials and the workmanship is very high: note the subtle changes in color of the silk embroidery within the leaves and the use of gold thread to delineate the branches, leaves, and tendrils of the grapevine.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," December 8, 1931–January 31, 1932.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes from the Forbidden City," 1945.

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. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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.

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