Robe, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 17th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi); Overall 56 x 74 in. (142.2 x 188 cm)
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929 (30.75.5)
On this robe, woven from threads of silk and gold, five-clawed dragons (long), clouds, and flaming jewels appear against a rich blue ground above waves and mountains. Scattered among the dragons are variants of the Chinese character for longevity (shou), making this robe an especially appropriate garment for birthday celebrations.
The embroidered neck and sleeve bands were made later than the tapestry-woven textile used for the robe.