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Date: late 19th century
Dimensions: 105 x 153 cm (41 5/16 x 60 1/4 in.)
Medium: silk, metallic yarns, metal
Made in: China
Description: This jacket, described as a Han bride jacket, is approximately waist or hip length with a split up each side. It has wide sleeves and a cross over front opening with a side fastening secured by two metal buttons. A further three metal buttons fasten the robe at its rounded neckline. The neckline and top of the cross over flap have been trimmed with a fabric woven using silver coloured metallic threads. Many fine details of the patterning have been hand painted. At the hem the traditional motifs of waves and mountain (Mount Kunlun - axis of the world) have been woven into the design. A total of ten dragons would be visible on the garment during wear. These are pictured flying above the waves, amongst cloud patterns and all eight Buddhist precious objects, bats, peonies, and several flaming pearls. Emblems associated with the Daoist immortals are also included; for example the three legged toad sitting on the rocks which is the emblem of the Daoist deity Liu Hai. The robe is lined with plain woven silk.
Inv. No.: 87

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