Manchu Woman's Formal Imperial Court Vest. Yellow silk satin brocaded with polychrome and gold couching with 5-clawed dragon (reserved for the emperor and his family), Secular Eight Precious Things, waves, mountains. Brown studs on black velvet edging tassels. Tapestry woven. Has a li shui border. Tassels on the bottom of the vest allow li shui border of the robe underneath to be seen.
The vest would have been worn over a formal robe. Yellow was the dynastic color of the Manchu, worn by nobility.
Original catalog card: C. 1723-1735 Ch'ing dynasty, Yung-cheng period. Imperial woman's court vest of yellow silk satin brocaded with polychrome and gold couching with five-clawed dragon, Secular Eight Precious Things, waves, mountains and galloon edgings in pink, yellow, blue, red. Tapestry women. See Exhibition of Chinese Imperial Robes (Coronation, Sacrificial, Ceremonial) and Chinese Silk Tapestry Brocades and Embroidery, 10-19 C, from the collections of M. Bernard Vuilleumier and George Eumorfopoulos Esq., Chinese Institute, London.
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Lexicon sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
|Credit line||Silverman/Rodgers Collection|
|Exhibit History-Exhibit #||13|