Ming Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Entourage 明皇帝出警图

Art by syl1944: Ming emperor encased in his procession armor. He is flanked by royal guards in armor and imperial Jinyiwei Guards (or "Embroidered Uniform Guards.") They are marked by their scarlet silk robes and swirling prismatic motifs that prominently features a coiled dragon on their sleeves. A number of important Mandarins and other officials are shown depicted on horses, marked by their mandarin robes and official's hats. Painting based on the Ming imperial scroll called 出警图 "Departure Herald." 


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Der said…
How much of Ming dynasty costume was based on Song and Tang precedent? Or was there more Liao, Jurchen and Mongol influence than is generally believed?
Dragon's Armory said…
There are some Song influences, but I'd say Tang and Yuan (Mongol) were more influential, at least for the courtiers and men's fashion. The Ming had many Mongol styled caps and riding coats, and the Hongwu Emperor actively sought out to emulate Tang fashion to invoke a sense of restoration to a powerful ancient dynasty.

As for armors though, early Song armor was similar to Song armor and Yuan armor, but by the middle of the dynasty (as shown here) it looked quite distinct.

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