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Woman's Robe with Peonies and Shou Medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
52 x 48 in. (132.08 x 121.92 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Captain and Mrs. James Thach, 1946
Accession Number:
46.187.6
Not on view
The peonies scattered over the purple background of this robe indicate that it was to be worn in the spring. Auspicious shou characters woven in gold denote longevity and incorporate the swastika, or wan, which signifies ten thousand years. The robe features sleeve bands, original to the garment, that bear the same pattern on a contrasting white background. Painted details on tapestry are typical of the time period.
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. "Chinese Silk Tapestry (Kesi)," March 17, 2004–July 4, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," April 18, 2012–October 14, 2012.

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