Fragment of an unmade man's court robe (jifu)

second half of the 19th century

Object Place: China


55 x 393 cm (21 5/8 x 154 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin brocaded in colored silk and gold -wrapped threads

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The design of mountains rising from the ocean, clouds and dragons, is woven with various shades of green, blue, white, red, yellow and brown silk and tarnished metal and gold silk and tarnished metal and gold thread. Made for a mandarin’s coat.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection