Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plain-weave silk
43 x 52 in. (109.22 x 132.08 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Lee R. Steiner, 1965
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.