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Robe

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Robe
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1870 - 1899
Dimensions: L 164 cm x W 143 cm
Materials: Silk
Techniques: Brocaded; kesi; slit tapestry woven; tapestry woven; hand-sewn; woven
ID Number: T82.0013
Credit: Gift of Albert and Hilda Aliman

Full-length, semi-formal robes, or jifu, were worn by all in attendance at court or in service of the Manchu imperial government and were the official Chi’ing period costume. The three elements that decorate this robe – oceans, mountains and the heavens – symbolize the physical order and harmony of the universe. A dragon represents the power of the emperor. The five-clawed “lung dragon” suggests it was worn by a member of the imperial family or high-ranking official.