19 March 2008
A RICHLY EMBROIDERED BLUE SILK DRAGON ROBE, JIFU
GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
Finely embroidered in couched gold-wrapped thread with nine five-clawed dragons leaping amidst clouds interspersed with gold shuangxi symbols, bats, and other auspicious symbols in pursuit of flaming pearls, above a deep hem of cresting waves tossed with auspicious objects, and the lishui stripe, within similarly decorated black silk borders and gold braid and woven gold wan-fret edgings repeated on the horsehoof cuffs of the black silk sleeves woven in damask with a single roundel of dragons contesting a flaming pearl
56 in. (142.3 cm.) long x 82 in. (208.3 cm.) across
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