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2005.5.253 - Gold Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba

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Object Typerobe Artistunknown Date Made1573-1700

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Object Typerobe Artistunknown Date Made1573-1700
Accession Number 2005.5.253 Title Gold Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba Alternate Title Chuba, or robe, for an aristocratic man made from a wall hanging Category clothing Object Type robe Artist unknown Date Made 1573-1700 Place Made Tibet Culture Tibetan Period 16th-17th centuries Materials metal-wrapped thread and silk tapestry weave Materials Glossary Tapestry Weave View Materials Glossary Details » Measurements overall: 134.7 cm x 211.6 cm; neck to hem: 134.7 cm; cuff to cuff: x 211.6 cm Description
This robe is a traditional style of Tibetan robe, or a chuba, made from tapestry woven silk fabric, or kesi. The fabric of the robe is splendid, with a gold thread background and colourful patterns. The design…
This robe is a traditional style of Tibetan robe, or a chuba, made from tapestry woven silk fabric, or kesi. The fabric of the robe is splendid, with a gold thread background and colourful patterns. The design features four dragons in purple, green, red, and blue colours placed on the robe's front, back and shoulders. These five-clawed dragons seem to playfully frolic among lotuses, peonies, chrysanthemums and other flowers. Rocks, waves and clouds decorate the bottom of the robe, near the hem. Among these rocks are auspicious motifs, including two persimmons in a bottle, coloured pearls, gold bullion bars and other items. The design of the fabric reflects the influence of the Chinese imperial style, yet it was not initially made for a robe in China; it was made for a wall hanging. The Tibetan owner made the fabric into a chuba to fit his needs.
Credit Line Gift of Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart

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"2005.5.253 - Gold Silk Tapestry Weave Tibetan Chuba, Mactaggart Art Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/21-19475. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Publications

Author Vollmer, John and Jacqueline Simcox
Title Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection
Publication Date 2009