Chinese Imperial Dragon Robe (detail), woven embroidered silk

Chinese Imperial Dragon Robe (detail), woven embroidered silk

Chinese Imperial Dragon Robe (detail)
Woven embroidered silk
China
19th century
Museum no. T.199-1948

Dragon robes of such magnificence were worn by Chinese emperors on formal occasions. These imperial clothes are distinguished from those worn by Chinese bureaucrats by the frequent use of yellow and the patterning of twelve small motifs within the standard dragon and cloud layout.