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Mandarin gown
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The robe is a valuable item in the collection of Chinese clothes in the Náprstek museum because it is related directly to Václav Stejskal and his journey to Asia in 1886-1888. There are written documents such as his diary and letters dealing with the restoration of the robe that were written by Stejskal and authorities of the National museum. In his diary, precise piece of information about the purchase can be found. There is also a photo picture (probably from the 20s of the 20th century) of Mrs. Stejskal wearing the robe and posing in a garden of Stejskal´s villa. It is a very rare occasion having the collection item so well documented.

History of the Object
The semi-official nobleman robe, so-called mandarin gown, dark blue silk satin, underlined, embroidered with Buddhist, Taoist and good luck symbols. The robe was restored in 1926. It was a part of Stejskal´s heritage and came into the museum records in 1940.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk 
Measurements
Length 134 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; late  
Function
Semi-official robe 
Acquisition
1940, collection of Václav Stejskal (1851-1934). The robe was purchased by Stejskal, the naval officer on board of the corvette Aurora, during his journey to Asia (1886-1888). According to the Stejskal´s diary, it was bought on December 24, 1887 in Kanton for 12 dollars.  
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic. 

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