Woman's domestic semi-formal robe (pao)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 134.6 x 114.9 cm (53 CB x 45 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk slilt tapestry (kesi) in silk and gold-wrapped thread, ink

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Manchu woman’s semi-formal domestic robe (pao) of red silk tapestry with design of Chinese character for long life (10,000 years) in gold-wrapped thread and narcissus (New Year) in blue, white and yellow silk; trimmed in white silk satin with design of cranes, bats and clouds in blue, white, green and red silk and gold-wrapped thread.

This style of robe was favored by Dowager Empress Cixi for informal court wear.


William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA on March 3, 1921

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection