London, South Kensington
11 November 2003
A sleeveless surcoat (chao gua) of yellow silk brocade, the front woven with two writhing dragons in profile, amidst polychrome clouds above a sea-wave and mountain border, the back with a single front-facing dragon, trimmed with black silk borders woven with gilt strip, probably early 19th century in an earlier style, relined in salmon pink silk, lightly padded for winter wear, bindings frayed
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The yellow colour of the ground suggests that it was intended for a lady of the imperial court, possibly a high ranking imperial consort.
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