Woman's imperial court surcoat (bufu) probably worn by a high ranking consort of the emperor. Tapestry woven with silk and gold-metallic yarn. Dark navy ground patterned with eight roundels enclosing five-clawed dragons. Purple brocade edging to sleeves. Buttoned in front with short sleeves.
Gift of Mrs. Julia Arthur Cheney to the MFA on November 8, 1945
Gift of Mrs. Julia Arthur Cheney