China Treasures in New York Episode 04: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries

The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed a flowering of Chinese drama. Under the patronage of the Qing court (1644–1911), performances—including the "Peking Opera"—filled the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Drawn entirely from The Met collection, the exhibition “From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries” examines opera costumes from artistic and technical points of view.

The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed.

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