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Manchu Woman's Unofficial Informal Court Robe: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This impressive garment displays a scattered scheme of gold shou medallions (representing long life) and multicolored flowering narcissus bulbs against a blue satin ground. Datable to the Kuang-hsu period (1875-1908), it displays prominent shou medallions in a style that was popular in the private court of the Empress Dowager T'zu-hsi. This gown reportedly belonged to her personally. The fragrant narcissus is a beloved flower of the New Year and a harbinger of spring. This flower originated in Europe, but was known in China by the T'ang dynasty (618-906) having been imported through the Middle East along the Silk Road.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009