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Official's ceremonial robe

Official's ceremonial robe

ca. 1900

This Mongolian-style robe was tailored from Russian silk, which was probably in circulation because of increased trade and diplomacy between Russia and China during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). It was worn by a Tibetan lay official on the first day of the New Year and during other important government occasions in winter.
Silk brocade with embroidered borders, velvet, and silver buttons
60 × 78 in. (152.4 × 198.1 cm)
Gift of friends in memory of Mrs. Frederick Pipes
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, Feb. 8, 2020 - ongoing [on view Feb. 8, 2020 - July 11, 2021].
Published ReferencesFoong, Ping, Xiaojin Wu, and Darielle Mason. "An Asian Art Museum Transformed." Orientations vol. 51, no. 3 (May/June 2020): p. 59, reproduced fig. 20 (installation view).

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