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Object ID Number SAM 1947.14
Object Name Robe
Title Jifu
Date 19th Century
Culture Chinese
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Frank Adams
Exhibit Label This robe is made out of k’ossu, the Chinese term for this particular style of tapestry woven silk, with various colors interwoven to create patterns. The proper title for the robe itself is jifu; it would be worn by a member of the Imperial Court. Though the cut of the robe is simple, the elaborate patterns and symbols speak to the social status and beliefs of the wearer. The dragon is a sign of the Imperial court, illustrating where it was worn. There are several of the Eight Buddhist Auspicious symbols present as well. The ones seen here include: a pair of fish, representing freedom and peace in the home; a vase of life; a conch shell, representing wisdom (particularly that of the Buddhist teachings); a banner of victory; and an endless knot, representing infinity and eternity. The bats that can be seen in blue and gold among the patterns are not affiliated with politics or religion, but are simply a sign of happiness.
Medium Silk
Height (in) 52
Width (in) 49.5
Currently on view No
Subjects K'ossu
Robe
Men's wear
Chinese
Fashion
Clothing
Silk
Sewing
Dragon
Bat
Conch
Knot
Banner
Vase