Chinese Robes, Insignia, and Accessories 18th and 19th century
Chinese Han and Manchu men and women's robes including dragon robe ji fu and waistcoats. Insignia or badges of rank were one way of identifying a mandarin or his wife. There were eight military and civil ranks in the Chinese court and these insignia are highly sought after by collectors. Chinese woman's collars, hats and shoes both for the Han, who bound their feet, and the Manchu who wore stilted shoes. Pouches for men and women and nail protectors for women. Chinese sleevebands from the cuffs of women's robes make highly decorative pictures.