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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century-18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidery on gauze-banded plain weave silk

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This robe may be the earliest non-ecclesiastical Chinese garment for a woman in the Museum. It is made from a rich red silk that has horizontal bands of fruiting pomegranates in gauze weave running across the fabric at widely spaced intervals. Over this, there is shiny embroidered decoration of fruits, flowers, birds and mythical beasts.

Physical description

This red embroidered woman's robe is made from a rich red silk and features horizontal bands of fruiting pomegranates in gauze weave running across the fabric at widely-spaced intervals. The design is embroidered in very soft floss silk and gold-wrapped thread.
Lady's robe, embroidered with phoenix, peacocks, branches of peaches, pomegranate, cranes, horse dragons etc. Embroidered in white, yellow, pink, green and blue silks and gold thread in satin and Peking stitches and couched work on red silk. Collar and cuffs of black satin embroidered with a flower trail worked in satin stitch with blue and white silks. Additional cuffs of white gauze embroidered with design of flowers and fish in blue, red, pink, green and yellow silks in satin stitch. Lined with blue figured silk.

Place of Origin

China (made)


late 17th century-18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidery on gauze-banded plain weave silk


Height: 122 cm, Width: 124 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1947/374. From the collection of Bernard Vuilleumier.

Descriptive line

Woman's robe, embroidery on gauze-banded plain weave silk, China, Qing dynasty, late 17th-18th century.

Subjects depicted

Birds; Flowers; Fruit


Women's clothes; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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