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Crimson dragon robe woven from gold thread

1644/1911

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum

This faded crimson robe depicts a dragon as well as various kinds of auspicious symbols: clouds and cranes(symbols of longevity); a pair of fish and the precious umbrella (two of the cight buddhist Treasures); and a carp-shaped drum and a fan(both Daiost symbols). Thought to create life, a carp-shaped drum is an attribute of Zuang Guo-lao(張果老) one of the Eight Daoist Immortals. Originating in the Tang Dynasty, this immortal is usually depicted riding a donkey, sometimes backwards or standing on his head. A fan, thought to repel death, is the attribute of another Immortal, Zhong Li-chuan(漢鐘離). The rising water on the bottom portion of the robe was woven with gold thread, making fine creases. Among the waves is a vase holding a trident, a pattern signifying the with for a three-rank promotion in the government.

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  • Title: Crimson dragon robe woven from gold thread
  • Date Created: 1644/1911
  • Physical Dimensions: w 212cm × h 132cm
  • Type: costume
  • Rights: The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Sookmyung Women's University
  • Medium: Silk, gold thread

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