Woman's semi-formal court coat
- 19th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Silk and metal-wrapped yarns
- 55 1/2 × 73 1/4 in. (140.97 cm × 1 m 86.06 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Beatrice M. Haggerty
- OBJECT NUMBER:
The impressive silk court robes of China represent the potential of clothing and costume to communicate directly both rank and symbolism to an informed audience. High-ranking people at the imperial court of China wore particular types of robes, with designs that signified their status and underlined their position at court. While this silk coat is finely embroidered and glamorous, it is not simply a fashion statement. The squared shape of the sleeve identifies this robe as a woman’s semi-formal court coat. The most important motif is an elegant white crane, whose wings curve gracefully out and down to form a circular emblem within the roundels on the body of the garment. The crane, like other white things, was considered auspicious and symbolized longevity. It was also the insignia for a first-rank civil official. This coat may well have been worn by the wife of an official of that rank.
- Carol Robbins, Label text, All the World's a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts, 2009.
- The National Museum in Krakow
Learn more about Qing (Manchu) dynasty clothing.