Scholar’s Robe and Hat, Young Man’s Chinese Opera Costume

Scholar’s Robe and Hat, Young Man’s Chinese Opera Costume

early 20th century
Country
China
costume, opera, hat, opera
Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the estate of Hubert W. Keith
1969.26A-B
. Scholar’s Robe and Hat, Young Man’s Chinese Opera Costume. early 20th century. Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the estate of Hubert W. Keith. 1969.26A-B.
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Because costumes were typically seen from a distance, their decorative motifs had to be legible and immediately recognizable. These bold blossoms identified the wearer of this informal robe as a scholar. The plum blossom of spring complemented by the chrysanthemum of autumn. The peony, a flower representing wealth and rank, is balanced by bamboo, which signifies integrity or peace.
Known Provenance
Gifted March 1969 by Hubert W. Keith estate [Denver, CO] to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)