Court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


138.5 x 200 cm (54 1/2 x 78 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk tapestry weave (k'o-ssu)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue silk court robe (jifu) with right side opening, narrow horsehoof cuffs and slits at center front and back on which is woven with white, brown, blue, green silk and gold thread a design of mountains rising from waves, 5-clawed dragons, clouds, bats, flowers, etc.; the gold thread is made by winding sparsely a white or violet cotton thread with narrow strips of gilded paper. Lined with blue silk. Some motifs painted in yellow, violet, blue, black and red. Borders, bands and sleeves are brown with stripes. Right side opening, slits at center front and center back. Good luck symbols include: parasols, swastikas, pearls, endless knot, fish, conch shell, artemisa, coin sceptre.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on March 2, 1911

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection