A Chinese late 19th century embroidered silk 'long pao' (dragon robe) of the third style, featuring the Imperial symbols, to be worn by an Empress or Empress Dowager
The robe of bright yellow silk embroidered with eight roundels each containing a gold thread five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl, surrounded by 'shou' characters, endless knots, bats and clouds and above waves and the sacred mountain; the shoulders and the centre front and back roundels featuring front-facing dragons and the skirt roundels featuring side-facing dragons; the roundels depict eleven of the twelve Imperial symbols (lacking waterweed); the ground silk dotted with groups of Buddhist and Taoist symbols; with wide square-cut sleeves edged with cream satin sleevebands each embroidered with two dragons, flaming pearls and Chinese script, with an inner sleeveband of floral embroidered navy silk, which is continued around the neckline, hem and side slits; fur lined with a wide collar,
114 x 143cm.
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