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

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2008-02-04

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.
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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