Although the purpose of this uniform was purely ceremonial, its construction is based on armour used for protection in battle.
It is quite unusual to have such refine gilt-copper friezes of bats and clouds along the borders.
For examples of uniforms in the Palace Collection, see La Cité Interdite, Musée de Petit Palais, Paris, 1996, pp. 136-9, no. 3 for uniforms of the Eight Banners, showing the different uniform colors.