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Man's court robe (jifu)

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Man's court robe (jifu) of blue twill-weave silk and design of cosmic wave and mountain at the hem, above which are, five-clawed dragons, clouds, bats, lotus, fish, mountains, flowers, peonies, endless knot and other auspicious symbols embroidered with various shades of blue, red, yellow, white...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, late 19th century

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Height x width: 55 7/8 x 82 3/4 in. (141.9 x 210.2 cm)

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Silk twill-weave embroidered with silk floss and couched with gold-wrapped threads; sleeves of silk satin


Textiles and Fashion Arts