Woman's domestic formal robe (pao)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


193 x 148 cm (76 x 58 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk slit tapestry (kesi) with gold-metallic thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s domestic formal robe (pao), probably worn for lantern festival, in slit tapestry in polychrome silk and gold metallic threads on a jade green silk ground with design of waves and mountain across lower edge surrounded by bats, scepters, swords, swastikas and wheels above which are circular medallions with elaborate lanterns, fish, peonies, and bats; sleeves and neck bands woven with peony, bat and lantern designs on black ground; lined with yellow silk damask.


Gift of Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Sr. to the MFA on June 24, 1987

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Natalie Brown (née Dresser), Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Senior