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Woman's Informal Robe with Garden Roundels

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plain-weave silk
Dimensions:
43 x 52 in. (109.22 x 132.08 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lee R. Steiner, 1965
Accession Number:
65.37
Not on view
The roundels on this robe show garden rocks with flowers, fruit, and auspicious elements such as the endless knot and bats ( fu, a homophone with the word for good fortune). At the lower edge of the garment, two pairs of Chinese lions gambol with beribboned balls in a flower-filled garden setting.
Mrs. Lee R. Steiner , New York (until 1965; donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Embroidery of Imperial China," March 15, 1978–May 29, 1978.

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 Textiles," August 6, 2008–February 8, 2009.

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