Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the dark blue ground silk robe is embroidered with two gold metallic thread four-clawed dragons (mang
) facing each other in profile and then above them a four-clawed dragon frontal facing, below these dragons are two "flying fish" dragons (feiyu
) emerging from the water below, many more details including mountain and ruyi
patterns all amid colored clouds and flaming pearls, it is lined with a contemporary batting to perhaps retain its shape while being hung up for display.
53 x 68 in.
Beginning in the 15th century, the emperor would bestow silk robes with four-clawed dragons to his most loyal subjects.
Loose and pulled gold metallic threads; tears and small holes at arms and shoulders where previously hung; light staining; fraying to silk collar and near waist button; minor losses to embroidery thread.