Man's semi-formal court robe (longpao)

Chinese
Qing dynasty
1900–10


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 140.3 x 215.9 cm (55 1/4 x 85 in.)

Accession Number

23.185b

Medium or Technique

Silk twill embroidered with polychrome silk and couched gold- and silver-metallic threads

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s semi-formal court coat (jifu) of bright blue silk twill embroidered with silk twist yarn and silver- and gold-metallic wrapped thread with eight four-clawed dragons and designs of fruit, flowers, waves, clouds, bats, flaming jewels, and Islands of the Blessed Plain satin stitch is used for clouds, bats, jewels, waves, and Islands of the Blessed. Peonies, lotus blossoms and peaches are embroidered in knot stitch. Dark navy sleeve extensions. Cuff, collar, and front edged with silk brocaded with gold-metallic lamellae.

Provenance

Anonymous gift to the MFA on April 5, 1923

Credit Line

Anonymous gift