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2005.5.7 - Yellow Silk Dragon Robe for Empress or Imperial Consort

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Object Typerobe Artistunknown Date Made1723 - 1750

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Object Typerobe Artistunknown Date Made1723 - 1750
Accession Number 2005.5.7 Title Yellow Silk Dragon Robe for Empress or Imperial Consort Alternate Title Jifu, or semi-formal court robe, for an imperial consort, first style Category clothing Object Type robe Artist unknown Date Made 1723 - 1750 Place Made China Culture Chinese Period Qing 18th century Materials yellow silk satin embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped threads Materials Glossary Embroidery View Materials Glossary Details » Measurements overall: 140.4 cm x 177.9 cm; neck to hem: 140.4 cm; cuff to cuff: x 177.9 cm Description
A yellow silk satin robe embroidered with metal-wrapped threads and multi-coloured silk floss. The nine dragon design contains three dragons on the front and back of the robe, one on either shoulder, and a symbolic…
A yellow silk satin robe embroidered with metal-wrapped threads and multi-coloured silk floss. The nine dragon design contains three dragons on the front and back of the robe, one on either shoulder, and a symbolic ninth dragon hidden under the flap inside the robe.The robe opens on the wearer's right side and is fastened with small brass buttons and brocade loops. There are side vents on the robe skirt. Black silk satin sleeves are bordered by embroidered sleeve bands and horse hoof cuffs. The embroidered trim around the neckline, cuffs, and sleeve bands is edged by a narrow gray and gold metal-wrapped thread brocade trim. The bottom hem has angled standing water waves that are capped with ruyi-shaped waves. The lining is a pale blue silk damask fabric with an abstract floral design. As outlined in the Huangchao liqi tushi, the ranks of imperial women were distinguished by their wardrobe, including the colour of their garments.
Credit Line Gift of Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart
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"2005.5.7 - Yellow Silk Dragon Robe for Empress or Imperial Consort, Mactaggart Art Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/21-19229. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Publications

Author Vollmer, John and Jacqueline Simcox
Title Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection
Publication Date 2009
Author Vollmer, John E.
Title Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection
Publication Date 2007
Author Wrigglesworth, Linda & Gary Dickinson
Title Imperial Wardrobe
Publication Date 2000-09