Dressed to Rule
Imperial Robes of China

Key works

  • CHINESE
Formal court robe (Chaofu or Chaopao) (mid 19th century) 


silk, fur, silk and metalic thread, gilt (kesi)
142.0 cm (centre back)
62.5 cm (sleeve length)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bequest of Dr G.E. Morrison, 1921
2037-D3

    CHINESE
    Formal court robe (Chaofu or Chaopao) (mid 19th century)
    silk, fur, silk and metalic thread, gilt (kesi)
    142.0 cm (centre back) 62.5 cm (sleeve length)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Bequest of Dr G.E. Morrison, 1921
    2037-D3

  • CHINESE
Uncut semi-formal court robe (Jifu) (mid 19th century) (detail)


silk, silk and metallic thread
153.0 x 141.8 cm


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of John H. Connell, 1914
1723-D3

    CHINESE
    Uncut semi-formal court robe (Jifu) (mid 19th century) (detail)
    silk, silk and metallic thread
    153.0 x 141.8 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of John H. Connell, 1914
    1723-D3

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