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Mandarin Square [Object of the Day #9]

By: Amy Ellsworth

Mandarin Square
Mandarin Square

This satin Mandarin Square from the Qing Dynasty, China (19th century) depicts a Qilin, a mythical horse-like animal reserved for the weaves of first rank military officers. The body of Qilin has a couched filling of twisted blue thread to create a scale effect. Symbols include peaches, peonies, and fungus with bamboo.

Penn Museum Object #52-23-71.

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