"Golden Dragon" Imperial Silk Robe

c. 1850
$2,280 USD
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W: 34.0" D: 0.5" H: 41.0"
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Exquisite embroidery creates a fantastical backdrop for the mystical dragons that adorn this 19th-century Chinese robe. Depicted with great detail and fancy, golden dragons twist and twirl their way across the garment, through a celestial realm of otherworldly swirls, ruyi-shaped clouds, and ribbon-clad scholars' objects. Each dragon soars towards an auspicious flaming pearl, a motif representing the pursuit of power, rank and success. Stitched against a field of pale yellow silk, the robe's gold, green and blue imagery represents the splendors of the heavenly realm. Created during the Qing Dynasty when rules on apparel were strictly followed, this lovely silk garment would have been immediately recognized as belonging to a person of great status and rank.

Robe has multiple areas with significant wear.

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The Lunar New Year is a time to honor our ancestors and gather with friends & family. This year's celebration brings the Year of the Wood Dragon. The 5th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a powerful heavenly being associated with ambition, strength and success.

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