Art Finder Text Detail  
Item Actions
Ratings (0)

Chinese Woman's Unofficial Informal Robe: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
While Manchu women wore full-length informal gowns with square cuffs, the Chinese women of the Han majority wore shorter, loose-fitting robes with wider sleeves than their Manchu counterparts. These were generally calf length garments worn over the standard wrap-around skirt. This stunning, special-occasion robe features a scattered scheme of peonies and cicada moths in red cut velvet against a gold ground. The outer cuff bands display the "hundred antiques" motif in light green cut and voided velvet. The twelve-petal yoke and side and hem bands are embroidered with women in a multicolored landscape setting on a white ground. The cicada symbolized regeneration and eternal youth. When combined in flower or garden settings, it represented the harmonious coexistence of all things in nature.
Comments (0)
Tags (0)
Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009