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Robe

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    probably 1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk tapestry (<i>kesi</i>)

  • Museum number:

    1624-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Imperial Robe of silk tapestry (kesi), woven in shades of blue, and white. Large five-clawed dragons with the rayed jewels stand out from the clouded background, which is studded with circular shou (longevity) characters and flying bats bearing swastika symbols in their mouths; the interspaces are occupied by square dragon plaques, sacrificial wine-cups and other symbolic objects, and pheasants; below are sea-waves. The sun, moon and stars are depicted on the upper part of the robe, the sun displaying its symbol the three-legged bird, and the moon its symbol the hare pounding the drug of immortality; the stars are shown in a constellation of three joined together. The borders are of brocade with similar designs.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

probably 1662-1722 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk tapestry (kesi)

Dimensions

Length: 153.67 cm, Width: 124.46 cm of one side

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 31783/1901.

Note on register:
Imperial robe of woven silk brocade (kesi), executed mainly in different shades of blue, in the style of the Kangxi period (1662-1722), the large five-clawed dragons of convential form with the rayed jewels stand out from the clouded background which is studded at regular intervals with circular "shou" characters and flying bats bearing swastika symbols in their mouths, the interspaces occupied by square dragon plaques, sacrificial wine-cups and pheasants, such as those painted on the imperial robes of pre-Confucian times. The striped border and dragon brocade of the shaped collar follow the orthodox pattern.

Descriptive line

Imperial robe, silk tapestry (kesi), China, Qing dynasty, probably Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Materials

Silk (textile)

Techniques

Tapestry

Subjects depicted

Bats; Swastikas; Dragons; Stars; Moon; Pheasants; Wine cups; Waves (water); Clouds; Sun; Birds; Hares

Categories

Clothing; Textiles

Collection

East Asia Collection

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