Semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period

Object Place: China


147 x 190.8 cm (57 7/8 x 75 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; split tapestry-weave ground with silk and gold-metallic thread, metal buttons

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Emperor’s semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs and side opening with round metal buttons and design of waves and mountain across the bottom, nine five-clawed dragons clutching pearls of wisdom, Chinese characters for longevity and twelve Imperial symbols on a yellow silk tapestry ground with interlocking swastika pattern; neck facing and cuffs of dark blue tapestry with dragons, clouds and waves; lined with blue silk damask.


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