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Man's Python Robe of Yellow Satin Woven with Pattern of Colored Clouds and Golden Dragons

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: length: 136 cm, sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 227cm, width of hem: 90 cm

Python robe is opera costume of the highest formality. It is a ceremonial robe worn by emperors, princes, generals, or ministers for occasions such as court audience. Python robes have both male and female versions, with the patterns ranging from dragon medallions, front-viewed dragon, to flying dragon. The flying dragon pattern is usually with design of stylized waves and mountain peaks. The colors are strictly stipulated and divided into "the upper five colors" and "the lower five colors", among which bright yellow is exclusively reserved for imperial use.
 

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