Woman's domestic semi-formal robe (pao)
late 19th century
Object Place: China
141 x 197.6 cm (55 1/2 x 77 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk twill-weave ground embroidered with silk floss and couched with gold-wrapped thread; wadded and quilted
Not On View
Domestic semi-formal robe (pao) for a Manchu woman of red twill-weave silk embroidered with design of mountain and waves across the bottom, above which are floral medallions made up of flowers, fruit, and other forms, and worked with blue, green, yellow, red, pink and white silk. The sleeves and neck are trimmed with bands of black silk embroidered with similar designs and colors. Wadded and lined with blue silk.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection