Theatrical armor with dragons, Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi), China

清 緙絲云龍紋甲
Theatrical armor with dragons

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 3/4 x 61 1/4 in. (75.6 x 155.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.76.32
Not on view
This garment is part of a set of costume armor based on the style of the eighteenth-century Manchu Qing court. The lining bears a rectangular stamp reading “used by the Grand Theater,” which indicates that it was worn by performers in the Forbidden City. The exceptional tapestry work depicting five-clawed dragons, a symbol of the emperor, further confirms the robe’s imperial palace origin.

On view during Rotation 1 of exhibition from June 25, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
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.