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2005.5.16 - Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba Robe for a Man

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Accession Number 2005.5.16 Title Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba Robe for a Man Category clothing Object Type robe Artist unknown Date Made date unknown Place Made Tibet Culture Tibetan Period 17th century Materials metal-wrapped thread and silk tapestry weave Materials Glossary Tapestry Weave View Materials Glossary Details » Measurements overall: 145.7 cm x 192 cm; neck to hem: 145.7 cm; cuff to cuff: x 192 cm Description
This robe is a traditional style of Tibetan robe, or a chuba, made with fragments cut from Chinese silk tapestry hangings and chair covers. It contains more than one hundred fragments pieced together on the front,…
This robe is a traditional style of Tibetan robe, or a chuba, made with fragments cut from Chinese silk tapestry hangings and chair covers. It contains more than one hundred fragments pieced together on the front, back and the front left flap. That implies Tibetans highly valued Chinese silks and reused them to avoid waste.

At the center front of the robe there is a tapestry fragment depicting a phoenix standing on a rock in a peony garden. Below, two large tapestry fragments with descending blue dragons are pieced together near the hem. A large green and red dragon, portrayed in tapestry weave with gold metal-wrapped threads, is on the centre back. Under this dragon are two blue dragons leaping above waves, rocks and water. Interestingly, the dragons on the front and back of the robe have hooves instead of claws. More patterns are on the top of the robe, such as cranes, frogs, lotus diamond-shapes, and other auspicious ornaments. They include secular and religious longing representing longevity, wealth, fortune, and purity.

Credit Line Gift of Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart

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"2005.5.16 - Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba Robe for a Man, Mactaggart Art Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/21-19238. Accessed 18 May. 2024.