Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty
fourth quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: China


145.4 x 198.1 cm (57 1/4 (CB) x 78 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground with gold-wrapped thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave; metal buttons

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs and side opening with round gold metal buttons and design of water and mountain along the bottom; above which are nine five-clawed dragons, sacred pearl, bats and clouds on an interlocking swastika background pattern in light and dark gold-wrapped thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; eyes of dragons brocaded in blue and white silk; neckband and cuffs of black satin patterned with continuous supplementary gold-metallic wefts and sleeve extensions of navy blue twill-weave silk with pale yellow stripes in silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; lined with blue plain-weave silk.


Lent by Marco Pallis, July 3, 1940; gift of Marco Pallis to the MFA on April 13, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Marco Pallis