University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-71
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1825
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Technique:Embroidery
Iconography:Qilin
Peach
Peonies
Fungus
Peking Knot
Halberd
Music Stone
Height: 33cm
Width: 33cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Mandarin square with Qilin, a mythical horse-like animal reserved for the wives of first rank military officers, in the center. Embroidered in satin stitch on blue-black satin. Body of Qilin has couched filling of twisted blue thread to create a scale effect. Symbols include peaches, peonies, and fungus with bamboo.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese New Year Festival (1997 - 1997)View Objects in Exhibition
Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] White, Joyce C. & Lang, Stephen A. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 96-110. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 103, Fig. 46View Objects cited in this Publication
[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: No. 71, pg. 69View Objects cited in this Publication

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