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Mandarin Square

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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
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.
Height:
33cm
Width:
33cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. S. Letcher

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005)
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Chinese New Year Festival (1997 - 1997)
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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. 46
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[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
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