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Manchu Emperor's Semiformal Twelve-symbol Court Robe (chi-fu): Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Following the official dress edicts of 1759, the so-called "twelve symbols" connoting imperial authority began to appear on certain of the emperor's formal and semiformal robes. The symbols are specifically paced: sun, moon, mountain, and constellation emblems are positioned symmetrically around the neckband, and the other eight symbols are arranged on the front and back of the robe. In theory, only the top members of the royal family-emperor, empress, empress dowager, and crown prince could wear twelve-symbol robes.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009