Man's court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


Height x width: 55 7/8 x 82 3/4 in. (141.9 x 210.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave embroidered with silk floss and couched with gold-wrapped threads; sleeves of silk satin

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s court robe (jifu) of blue twill-weave silk and design of cosmic wave and mountain at the hem, above which are, five-clawed dragons, clouds, bats, lotus, fish, mountains, flowers, peonies, endless knot and other auspicious symbols embroidered with various shades of blue, red, yellow, white and pink silk and couched with silver gilt yarns and gold thread; sleeves are of black satin; neck, side front opening and horseshoe cuffs have dragons, waves and clouds embroidered with polychrome silk and couched gold-wrapped thread on a black twill-weave silk ground and are trimmed in ribbon with tortoiseshell pattern in gold; gold metal button and loop closure; lined with light blue silk damask with woven floral pattern.


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