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HABIT DE CEREMONIE ET SON CASQUE
HABIT DE CEREMONIE ET SON CASQUE

CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XIXEME SIECLE

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HABIT DE CEREMONIE ET SON CASQUE
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XIXEME SIECLE
Comprenant une veste, un tablier et deux épaulettes en soie bleue brodés de motifs de dragons en fils d'or, rehaussés de clous et bordés de velours marron, les épaulettes bordées de plaques métalliques dorées ornées de dragons, le casque en métal ; petites déchirures, usures et manques
Hauteur de la veste: 75 cm. (29½ in.), Hauteur du tablier: 101 cm. (39¾ in.), Hauteur du casque: 27 cm. (10 5/8 in.)
Provenance
From a French private collection
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A SUIT OF CEREMONIAL ARMOR WITH HELMET
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY

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Each regiment of the Manchu Banner army was wearing uniforms in the colors of their banner. They were made in the Imperial workshops in Hangzhou and when not worn were stored at the Western Gate of the Forbidden City.
The purpose of this uniform was purely ceremonial. The exposed areas around the sleeves were then covered with shoulder guards. The legs were covered with aprons but the seat was left free to allow the wearer to mount a horse. The front square panel here is made of silk, but would have been made of metal in an actual combat armour.
Compare with two ceremonial suits of armor, one kept in the Museuo Oriental de Valladoid, the other in John E. Vollmer, Decoding Dragons: Status garments in Ch'ing Dynasty China, University of Oregon Museum of Art, 1983, frontispiece; another suit of armor was sold at Sotheby's New York, 23 March 2004, lot 554 and a further one in these Rooms, 21 November 2008, lot 216.

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