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Description

Dark blue brocade robe with standing collar, tapered sleeves and side opening with brass frog closure. On the front, back and sleeves are phoenix, dragon, pearl, fire, Buddha's hand, and vase motifs in gold, blue, red and green on dark blue ground. The inner lining is green damask with a peony motif. Around the edges of the lining is a border of red damask with a dragon motif.

Narrative

Yapshi-Yuthok Kalon Tashi Dhondup Collection: The title Yapshi is given to all families that have a Dalai Lama born into the family, and Shape and Kalon are titles that the four lay Cabinet Ministers hold. The Yuthok family is descended from the 10th Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso. Being a Minister in the Traditional Tibetan Government, Yapshi-Yuthok Tashi Dhondup was also known as Shape or Kalon Yuthok. There is one item belonging to Kalon Yuthok that is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum: a Tibetan saddle, which he used on special occasions and during the Tibetan New Year when he would go to the Potala Palace. It was the wish of the late Mrs. Tsering Dolkar Yapshi-Yuthok that the museum display the family's heirloom textiles so that visitors could learn about Tibet's rich history and culture.

Iconographic Meaning

There are ruyi 如意 motifs on the robe, representing long life and blessings: "may all your wishes be fulfilled"

Specific Techniques

This robe was likely made from material that was originally woven for a curtain. The curtain would have been cut cut and measured very precisely in order to be able to use as much of the curtain as possible. (Vollmer 2003:92)

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