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Woman's changyi robe with a motif depicting orchids, butterflies and flower baskets
MNK VI-7498
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The main decorative motif of the robe from collection of the National Museum in Krakow are orchid flowers (lanhua) and butterflies (hudie). In addition, the dress is sdorned with a trimming in the shape of ruyi sceptre. The Chinese valued the orchid flowers fot their subtle fragrance and elegance and associated them with concepts such as love, beauty and fertility as well as qualities of virtue and moral excellence.

History of the Object
The robe represents one of the two types of semi-official Manchu women's outfits. Both of them - changyi and chenyi - were long robes, fastened along the right side of the bodywith five button knots. The difference between the two garmentslay in the cut - changyi had slits on both sides of the body, providing greater freedom of movement.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk, gilded copper button knots, embroidery, applique 
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Creator name
 
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Where it was made
 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
 
Function
Clothing 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks "Manggha" Jasieński, 1920 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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