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Peking Opera Robe

Theatrical Robe

Object Number:29-96-160A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Cotton
Gold Thread
Satin
Technique:Embroidered
Height: 142 cm
Length: 191 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Description

Red satin dragon robe (mang pao 蟒袍) worn for the Peking Opera. Heavily embroidered with gold and multi-colored thread. Most likely for a male character, a high official or emperor. The heavy satin of this robe slowed down the movements of the actor who wore it, making him look elegant onstage.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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