Woman's domestic semi-formal robe (pao)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century

Object Place: China


141 x 197.6 cm (55 1/2 x 77 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill-weave ground embroidered with silk floss and couched with gold-wrapped thread; wadded and quilted

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Domestic semi-formal robe (pao) for a Manchu woman of red twill-weave silk embroidered with design of mountain and waves across the bottom, above which are floral medallions made up of flowers, fruit, and other forms, and worked with blue, green, yellow, red, pink and white silk. The sleeves and neck are trimmed with bands of black silk embroidered with similar designs and colors. Wadded and lined with blue silk.


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