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Theatrical Robe for the Role of a Guard

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin; appliqué of various woven silks
Dimensions:
Overall: 58 3/8 x 64 in. (148.3 x 162.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.33
Not on view
This costume, for the role of a guard, mimics armor. Animal heads decorate the geometric armorlike pattern at the shoulder and thigh. Unusual winged animals appear at the waist, powerful tigers at the hem. A similar costume, in white, is in the Qing court collection of theatrical costumes of the Palace Museum, Beijing.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," December 8, 1931–January 31, 1932.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

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