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Official Robe

Object Number:48-28-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Length: 210 cm
Width: 131 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mason W. Zimmerman, 1948
Other Number:4-1969-41 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number

Description

Man's robe. Split skirts for horseback riding. Manchu horsehoof cuffs. Plum-colored silk woven probably on machine loom with thin blue silk lining. Nine gold dragons (ninth on inner flap, symbolically present but unseen in use) with deep sea represented by Li-shiu stripes below and waves above. Wealth symbols in waves with mountains emerging from waves and a cloud background representing the sky. Symbols include cranes of longevity, long life shou characters, bats of happiness, etc.

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