Summer Silk: Qing Dynasty Robes and Signs of the Season

This installation includes two summer silk gauze robes, one created for a man and the other for a woman, and a silk-thread embroidered summer panel of Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons. The Semi-Formal Summer Court Dragon Robe (Jifu) was created for a Qing dynasty official to wear at work. The midnight blue women’s patterned silk gauze summer surcoat was created for a Qing dynasty aristocratic lady to wear when attending a celebratory gathering or when receiving guests. In addition to depicting summertime, the motifs on the Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons panel bestow a wish for an enduring harmonious marriage.

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. 
This exhibition was made possible by the generosity of John and Heidi Niblack.

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