University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 85-8-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Yongzheng
Early Date: 1723
Late Date: 1735
Gold Thread
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. William Dinsmore, 1985


Mandarin court robe for woman. Now altered for Western wear. Sleeves altered in length with sleeve ends, neck and central opening banded in blue and black silk of a later date. Red ground. Finely embroidered with lisui stripe at the bottom with a central rock. Above in the lower right and lower left register, two dragon medallions each with a fierce dragon of four claws. Centered in the upper register, a dragon of four claws done in gold wrapped thread faced forward with its tail extending over the right shoulder. The back of the robe similarly patterned with the dragon's tail extending over the left shoulder. Each dragon in pursuit of the flaming pearl. Clouds interspersed on the red ground. One each sleeve, traces of a phoenix.

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