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Woman's Robe with Peonies and Shou Medallions

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 19th–early 20th century
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
52 x 48 in. (132.08 x 121.92 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Captain and Mrs. James Thach, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
The peonies scattered over the purple background of this robe indicate that it was to be worn in the spring. Auspicious shou characters woven in gold denote longevity and incorporate the swastika, or wan, which signifies ten thousand years. The robe features sleeve bands, original to the garment, that bear the same pattern on a contrasting white background. Painted details on tapestry are typical of the time period.
Captain and Mrs. James Thach , Old Lyme, CT (until 1946; donated to MMA)
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. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," April 18, 2012–October 14, 2012.

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