Woman's domestic semi-formal robe (pao)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


138.6 x 193 cm (54 9/16 x 76 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave embroidered with silk, metal buttons

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Manchu woman’s domestic semi-formal robe (pao) in violet-blue twill-weave silk with design of orchids and butterflies embroidered in greens, red, yellow, pink, black, brown and white silk; trimmed in black satin with design of floral motif embroidered in several shades of blue, yellow and white silk, outside of this is a ribbon of bright blue, yellow, black, and red; lined with bright yellow plain-weave silk.


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

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

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund