Early Qing Dynasty
Spun Peacock Feather
Civil official's rank badge, 5th rank. Blue-black satin square with gold silk backing. At the center a silver pheasant (which is woven here in brown) stands with wings spread. He is perched on one foot on a rock amidst waves. There are four jewel symbols in the waves including a flaming jewel and fungus. The egret faces the sun in the upper corner and he is surrounded by blue and orange clouds. Gold and silk threads are spun with peacock feather. Seam in center.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher
[Article] Cammann, Schuyler. 1953. Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection. The University Museum Bulletin. 17 (3): pp. 2-73. : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 5, No. 10, p. 62
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