London, South Kensington
11 November 2016
A BLUE-GROUND KESI FORMAL COURT ROBE, CHAO PAO
LATE 19TH CENTURY
The robe is decorated with gilt five-clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl amongst scattered clouds, crane roundels, and attributes of the Eight Immortals; the skirt is similarly worked incorporating sixteen dragon roundels.
Christie's Amsterdam, 18 November 1996, lot 77.
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For the most important ceremonies and rituals, the high-ranking officials along with the royal family would wear the chaofu, which may be translated as ‘court dress’. The chaofu would consist of the chao pao, hat, collar, necklace, girdle and boots.
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