Man's informal court coat (changfu), restyled as a woman's robe

Qing dynasty
1750–75; restyled in 1860–70

Object Place: China


149.5 x 203.4 cm (58 7/8 x 80 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground embroidered with silk floss and gold-metallic threads

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s informal court coat (changfu) with design of water and mountain across the bottom, above which are roundels with longevity symbols and clouds in roundels embroidered in silk with satin, stem, and knot stitches and couched gold-metallic yarns on a light brown twill-weave silk ground; neckband and cuffs (probably replacements) have designs of clouds and longevity symbols embroidered on dark blue silk; man’s informal court coat, possible worn for a birthday, restyled in the mid-nineteenth century as a woman’s robe.


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