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Manchu-style Mineral-blue Satin Dragon Robe with Embroidered Cloud and Dragon Patterns Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Beijing, China

The hem of the collar, diagonal placket and cuff is ornamented with blue satin strips as well as dragon and cloud patterns in gold threads. On each of the two mineral blue sleeves there are fifteen groups of pleats with three in one group. And five gold-plated chased copper buttons can be found on the collar, diagonal placket and side slits.
The robe is covered with patterns of dragons, clouds and ripples with dragons as the main element and clouds the supplement. The dragons are in various forms, with some riding the clouds while some others flying casually among clouds. The patterns of ripples, conveying people’s wish for fortune and immortality, originate in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 AD) when some artists endowed images of seamounts inhabited by immortals with longing for fortune and longevity.

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