Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

Qing dynasty, Qianlong
early 18th century

Object Place: China


152.1 x 191.8 cm (59 7/8 x 75 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk tapestry with silk and gold-metallic thread, ink

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s semi-formal court robe (jifu) with design of water and mountain along the bottom, above which are nine five-clawed dragons and clouds on a yellow silk tapestry ground; neckband and cuffs are of dark blue silk tapestry with dragons clouds and waves; lined with light blue silk damask; collar attached at later date.


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