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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk with supplementary weft patterning

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This robe is unlike the other Chinese women's garments in the Museum, but we know from 18th-century pictorial sources that it was very fashionable at the time. It is front-fastening, whereas many other robes fasten to one side. Its decoration was undertaken on the loom as weaving techniques advanced, rather than being added later in the form of embroidery. The particular layout of the dragon motifs also marks it out from other garments in the V&A's collection.

Physical description

Woman's robe of weft-pattern woven silk. Design of sky, earth and water, 9 large five-clawed dragons pursuing and clasping the sacred discs among clouds; in green, blue, red, yellow and brown silks and gold thread. Lined with pink figured silk.

Place of Origin

China (made)


early 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk with supplementary weft patterning


Length: 145 cm, Width: 172 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Woman's robe, woven silk with supplementary weft patterning, China, Qing dynasty, early 18th century.

Subjects depicted



Women's clothes; Textiles; Royalty


East Asia Collection

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