Jun 17, 2005
Jun 17, 2005

Woman's Bridal Dress, Dragon Jacket

Woman's Bridal Dress, Dragon Jacket


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Silk, gilt-metal thread; embroidery

Overall: 104.2 x 153 cm (41 x 60 1/4 in.)

Gift of Elizabeth Wade Sedgwick 2005.135.1



This three-piece bridal dress includes a dragon jacket, a pleated skirt, and a tabard, a short loose-fitting sleeveless vest. The ensemble reveals the high rank of her husband; it did not fall under the scope of the Qing dynasty sumptuary laws.

The woman's bridal trousseau contains a short red coat fastened on the side and wide sleeves. It is decorated with ten dragons and other cosmological motifs commonly found on court dress. The presence of ten dragons indicates that the wife's husband was a high-ranking official.

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