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Man's Audience Robe (Chaofu)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
second half of the 19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
84 x 58 in. (213.4 x 147.3 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1935
Accession Number:
35.84.3
Not on view
A chaofu, or audience robe, featuring a fully pleated skirt was the most formal type of men's court dress. Sumptuary regulations set in the mid-eighteenth century dictated that only the emperor and heir apparent could wear robes emblazoned with five-clawed dragons, but in the nineteenth century, these mandates were often overlooked. Blue-black audience robes were worn by Qing nobles, high-ranking civil and military officials, and imperial guards.
Richmond. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Masterpieces of Chinese Art," October 15, 1954–October 15, 1956.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes and Accessories of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," August 8, 2007–October 28, 2007.

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