Theatrical robe for a warrior, the heavy gold thread panels, body section, and epaulets representing the chain armor of a warrior. Yoke of rust-red satin embroidered with five-clawed dragons in couched gold thread. Tiger claw borders of colored brocades, wavy jewel, stone and metal bosses on velvet border bands throughout. Sleeves of green satin banded with wavy strips of gold and colored brocades. Skirt composed of five shaped panels. Linig of pink satin. Seal inscription in front.

Theatrical Jacket and Skirt for a Warrior, Kangxi period, 1662-1722

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Like most theatrical costumes, this colorful two-piece military outfit is an exaggeration of real-life apparel. Elaborate studwork, metal-wrapped threads that are stitched onto the silk, and padded applique lion masks adorn the shoulders and waist, simulating riveted plate armor. The costume is one of several purchased during the 1920s from the stock of a theater within the emperor’s court compound, the Forbidden City.

Details
Title
Theatrical Jacket and Skirt for a Warrior
Role
Artist
Dimension
L.52-1/8 in.
Accession Number
42.8.126a,b
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Theatrical robe for a warrior, the heavy gold thread panels, body section, and epaulets representing the chain armor of a warrior. Yoke of rust-red satin embroidered with five-clawed dragons in couched gold thread. Tiger claw borders of colored brocades, wavy jewel, stone and metal bosses on velvet border bands throughout. Sleeves of green satin banded with wavy strips of gold and colored brocades. Skirt composed of five shaped panels. Linig of pink satin. Seal inscription in front.