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  • Place of origin:

    Hangzhou (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1736-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk gauze in coloured silks, gilt, paper, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs H. F. Keir

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man's dragon robe (longpao) of embroidered silk gauze. Semi-formal wear (jifu). Right side fastening (with five gilt buttons), long and tight sleeves, horse's hoof cuffs (matixiu), and front and back slits. Light blue silk plain weave lining. Brown silk gauze embroidered in coloured silks (red, blue, yellow, white, green ) in counted stitches (nasha and chuosha technique). Collar and cuffs are made of a supplementary weft patterned fabric (gold paper supplementary weft, dark blue ground), sleeves of a dark blue silk. Nine five-clawed dragons- the two at the top centre front and back and the two on the shoulders have their front legs raised, the others, in profile, are holding the flaming pearl. Amongst the turbulent waves round the hem appear six of the eight precious things. The ground embroidered with clouds, bats, peonies, lotus, narcissus and the attributes of the eight Taoist Immortals.

Place of Origin

Hangzhou (probably, made)


1736-1795 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk gauze in coloured silks, gilt, paper, lined with silk


Length: 54.75 in back, Width: 84.75 in across back, including sleeves

Descriptive line

Man's dragon robe (longpao) of embroidered silk gauze, probably made in Hangzhou, 1736-1795

Production Note

Reign of the Emperor Qianlong; the Imperial manufactory at Hangzhou was responsible for the manufacturing of Court robes and dress items.

Subjects depicted

Cloud; Dragons; Waves


Men's clothes; Textiles; Embroidery; Formal wear


East Asia Collection

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