Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
fourth quarter of the 18th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

145.4 x 198.1 cm (57 1/4 (CB) x 78 in.)

Accession Number

50.744

Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground with gold-wrapped thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave; metal buttons

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs and side opening with round gold metal buttons and design of water and mountain along the bottom; above which are nine five-clawed dragons, sacred pearl, bats and clouds on an interlocking swastika background pattern in light and dark gold-wrapped thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; eyes of dragons brocaded in blue and white silk; neckband and cuffs of black satin patterned with continuous supplementary gold-metallic wefts and sleeve extensions of navy blue twill-weave silk with pale yellow stripes in silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with blue plain-weave silk.

Provenance

Lent by Marco Pallis, July 3, 1940; gift of Marco Pallis to the MFA on April 13, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Marco Pallis