26.0 x 27.3cm
In the Ming and Qing dynasties the aristocracy as well as civil and military officials wore rank-defining badges on the front and back of their robes. The front-facing dragon would have been worn by a Prince of the Blood, who had been granted the right to wear the five-clawed creature by the emperor. The rich motifs include the rocks, the waves and the cloud representing the earth, the sea and the sky symbolising the universe, and the peony, bat and lingzhi (magical mushroom) symbolising nobility and longevity.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012.
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Judith Rutherford (Australia) (Editor), Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Editor), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 88 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54
Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 31 Jul 2004–24 Oct 2004.
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012.