A blue and white silk brocade court robe, jifu, woven with nine five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds, flower sprays and butterflies. The dragons on the skirt surrounded by buddhist emblems and cranes in roundels above the lishui border, supporting large dragon-carp.
Chinese, Guangxu period, 1876-1908
Length: 138.4 cms
Provenance: A Belgian private collection