Empress Dowager Cixi – How Burial Garments Reflect Afterlife and Buddhism.
This dissertation explores the displays of Empress Dowager Cixi's burial garments, tracing their journey from creation to their exhibition in 2020. The research aims to examine how these displays have utilized ideas surrounding Qing Imperial Court rituals associated with death and the afterlife. The central focus is on understanding how Empress Dowager Cixi's inner faith is portrayed through her mortuary dress.
The purpose of this study is to explore the fascinating journey of Empress Dowager Cixi's burial garments, from their creation to their exhibition, and examine how they shed light on the beliefs and rituals surrounding death and the afterlife in the Qing Imperial court. By closely examining these garments and their historical context, we can unravel the intricate tapestry of religious and cultural symbolism intertwined with Empress Dowager Cixi's final resting place. This essay also aims to provide a captivating glimpse into the intricate world of Qing Imperial Court rituals surrounding death and the afterlife. Through looking into the design history, explore the multifaceted journey of these garments, examining their significance and the ideas they embody within the context of Qing Imperial Court culture.
This study contributes to the fields of design history, religious studies, and cultural anthropology, shedding light on the interplay between fashion, religious beliefs, and court rituals during the late Qing dynasty. By examining the burial garments of Empress Dowager Cixi, we delve into a realm where aesthetics, spirituality, and cultural practices intertwine, offering valuable insights into the vibrant tapestry of Chinese history and the enduring legacy of one of its most enigmatic figures.