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清 暗花彩緞女戯衣
Woman's Theatrical Jacket

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk damask applique, silk thread embroidery on satin, plain weave silk
Dimensions:
Overall: 33 1/2 x 114 in. (85.1 x 289.6 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Alan Priest, 1962
Accession Number:
62.27.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220
Designed for a young female role, this jacket is remarkable for having intact sleeve extensions known as “water sleeves.” Actors would gracefully manipulate these sleeves as they danced or narrated the story during performances. Allover applique of colorful damask lozenges and an exquisite embroidered border further highlight the magnificence of this upscale costume.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)," December 8, 1980–August 29, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th centuries," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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