Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
1700–25


Object Place: China

Dimensions

130.8 x 205.7 cm (51 1/2 x 81 in.)

Accession Number

02.51

Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground with silk, gilt paper strip and gold metallic thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave, metal buttons

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s semi-formal court costume of light blue satin with a design of waves, mountains across the bottom, above which are good luck symbols, nine five-clawed dragons holding flaming jewel and clouds in green, blue, yellow, brown, pinkish violet, pink, red and white silk and gilt paper strip and gold metallic thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. Lined with bright pink silk. The neck is bound with a narrow strip of black satin. Right side closure. See note on 02.48.

Provenance

1902, Yamanaka and Co., Boston; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $2650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 17, 1902)

NOTES:
[1] MFA accession nos. 02.48 - 02.68 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund