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Man's robe

Description: A man of nobility or royalty in the Chinese court probably wore this winter robe at the beginning of the 20th century. Made of black silk, embroidered with gold thread and lined with the fur of ermine, the robe is decorated with dragons, a symbol of wisdom, justice, strength, harmony, good luck, and magical power. Most always, dragons are associated with the emperor. In fact, the entire robe is decorated with plants and animals that all have special meaning in Chinese culture. Some include: peonies, which represent wealth and royalty; and bats, which are a symbol of happiness.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: China
Subjects: China
Clothing and dress
Dragons in art
20th century

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