Robe of violet satin brocaded in gold with widely spaced double-peach and pomegranate. Wide sleeves banded with light blue satin with braid applique above a beaded swag. Collar band of same. These bands, Victorian in flavor, much later than the brocade of the robe proper. Robe slit at sides and lined with thin blue silk. Note pocket on under side of front.

Robe, 19th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

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The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  42.8.100

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This robe is decorated with peaches, pomegranates, and citrons (also known as “Buddha’s hand”) in gold against a purple ground. The motifs are imbued with symbols of good fortune: the peach stands for longevity, the pomegranate for fertility, and the citron for good luck. Together they constitute the “Three Abundances.” These, in combination with the endless knot motif in the neck and sleeve bands, mean the robe is emblematic of a long, happy, and prosperous life blessed with many children.

Details
Title
Robe
Role
Artist
Dimension
L.40 x W.35-1/8 in.
Accession Number
42.8.100
Curator Approved

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Robe of violet satin brocaded in gold with widely spaced double-peach and pomegranate. Wide sleeves banded with light blue satin with braid applique above a beaded swag. Collar band of same. These bands, Victorian in flavor, much later than the brocade of the robe proper. Robe slit at sides and lined with thin blue silk. Note pocket on under side of front.