Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

chao fu (audience robe)
  • China
  • chao fu (audience robe), circa 1821–1851, Tao Kunag period, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk, gold thread, peacock feathers, embroidering
  • Paper Type: satin, seed, couching
  • Object Length/Width: 140 x 217 cm
    Object Length/Width: 55 x 85 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1045
Label Text

Robe of state with embroidery on blue-black plain weave ground with gold brocade borders and cuffs. The robe has a dragon motif. It is decorated with peonies in French knots. The front of the robe is decorated with a conch shell and fish canopy. The back has a six-sided knot, vase, umbrella, wheel (among eight precious Buddhist objects). The bottom part resembles a skirt that is attached at the top. It has a blue-black ground, gold thread and multi-colored silk.