19th C., Man's Manchu Style Summer Wedding Robe. Chinese summer robe of chocolate brown silk gauze. Robe embroidered with multicolored silks and gold dragon with li-shu border.
Robe has a formulaic pattern of the standard officials dragon robe. Double happiness symbol, found embroidered in red all over the robe is reserved for weddings and symbolizes the joining of two people in happiness. Might be rented for the day to dress the groom as a "Mandarin for a Day' regardless of the groom's actual rank or station.
Ian Morrison 10/25/01: Very late, man's tailored robe, wedding robe due to double happiness character used on wedding robe.
Original catalog card: Chinese Imperial summer robe of chocolate brown silk gauze.
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Lexicon sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
|Credit line||Silverman/Rodgers Collection|
|Exhibit History-Exhibit #||13|