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

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2008-02-04

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Designed for a young woman, the body of this robe features a yellow grid scheme comprised of a swastika grid pattern with a scattered scheme of blue peonies against a white ground. The cuffs are embroidered with a multicolored peony scroll pattern while the front, side, and cuff bands are embroidered with seasonal flowers including grass orchid, peony, and plum with bats and cicada moths against a black ground. The peony, the "king of flowers", is one of the most popular botanical motifs in China. It is associated with royalty, wealth, and honor. Blossoming peonies bring prosperity to the household. Pronounced "wan", the swastika is a pun for "ten thousand" and the swastika ground in this robe can be seen as a multiplier of the wealth and honor represented by the flowers times ten thousand.
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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