Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty

Object Place: China


134 x 203 cm (52 3/4 x 79 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, slit tapestry-weave ground (kesi) in silk and metallic gold-wrapped thread, wadded and quilted

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s padded and quilted semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs and side opening with round gold metal buttons and design of waves and mountains across the bottom woven with silver, bronze, and gold thread; above this are five-clawed dragons holding pearls, clouds, bats, peonies, plum blossoms, swastikas and auspicious symbols (endless knot, conch shell, umbrella, Artemisia and coins) in different shades of blue, green, yellow, gold, white, violet and black on a blue silk tapestry ground. There is a large vase motif on the center back and the bottom of the sleeves are of plum silk couched with gold thread; lined with light blue plain-weave silk.

Blue kesi with details in colored silk and gold-wrapped threads in standard long dragon in cosmic landscape pattern. Original cuffs and facings to match. (JV)


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on August 8, 1902

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection