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Semi-formal court robe (jifu)

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Emperor's semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs and side opening with round metal buttons and design of waves and mountain across the bottom, nine five-clawed dragons clutching pearls of wisdom, Chinese characters for longevity and twelve Imperial symbols on a yellow silk tapestry...

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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, Jiaqing period, 1775–1800

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147 x 190.8 cm (57 7/8 x 75 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; split tapestry-weave ground with silk and gold-metallic thread, metal buttons


Textiles and Fashion Arts