Daoist Priest’s Robe with Dragons and Clouds Maker: Unknown

late 17th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Three large dragons and several smaller creatures writhe against a background of clouds on this ceremonial garment. The dragon on the back of the robe has the character for longevity (shou) above his head, and those for wealth (fu) and happiness (lu) in his upraised right and left paws. Daoism, which derives from the Chinese character dao, meaning “way” or “path,” is a term for long-standing beliefs and practices that coalesced between the second and the fourth century C.E. These include metaphysical and philosophical speculations, the ability to become a fully realized individual or sage, the quest for immortality, and more basic pursuits, such as wealth and happiness.


Silk with silk and metal thread embroidery


Length in Back: 56 1/8 in. (142.5 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Qing dynasty (1644–1911)


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Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955) New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

clothing, robes

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