Property from a Los Angeles Collection
A rare embroidered silk partial theatrical costume for a warrior
The ivory satin ground jacket with attached shoulder pads and underarm pads, the two-panel skirt embroidered in couched gilt threads with four-claw dragons amid brightly colored clouds and flaming pearls above a lishui border, with precious objects added to the lishui borders on the bases of coat and skirt; the applied trim including yellow metal bosses sewn on black velvet strips, gilt-woven brocade strips in assorted bright colors that also appear in the padded-cloud scroll edging, the green ground brocade repeating in elaborate padded cartouches applied to the base of each skirt panel.
32 1/4in (82cm) length of jacket
34in (86.5cm) length of skirt