Chinese / Chuba / Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 17th centuryChinese
Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 17th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chinese
Title: Chuba
Title Type: Object name
View: back view
Creation Start Date: 1644
Creation End Date: 1699
Creation Date: Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 17th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Cut velvet with patterned wefts of multicolored silks, gold-wrapped silk, and peacock-feather filaments
Dimensions: W. 55 in. (139.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1987.147
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1987

This 'chuba' (aristocrat's robe) was converted from a Chinese velvet robe of the early seventeenth century-a common practice in Tibet. It is not possible in most cases to estimate the date of the making of a 'chuba,' as a Chinese robe might have been in a Tibetan collection for a long period before being retailored into a Tibetan garment. The cut velvet is dark blue with patterned wefts of red, orange, green, blue (two shades), yellow, and white silks and with paired metal-wrapped silk yarns and silks wrapped with peacock (or Siamese fighting cock) filaments tied to its surface. It is something of a tour de force in weaving. On one side of the robe is a single dragon holding a pearl in its claws; on the other side is a pair of facing dragons with a flaming pearl between their open mouths. They are set against a background of 'five-color auspicious clouds' above rocky mountains rising from of the sea, where various Buddhist symbols appear among the waves.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.147
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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