University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-59
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Late 19th Century
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1900
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Peking Knot
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:Quail
Sun
Li Shui
Narcissus
Bamboo
Fungus
Pearls
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fish
Conch
Vase
wheel of the law
Lotus
Canopy
mystic knot
Umbrella
Bats
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square eighth rank civil official's badge for front of robe. At center a quail faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves and li shui motif. Pearls and four of the eight Buddhist symbols float in the waves: fish; conch; vase; wheel of the law. On the rocky banks fungus, bamboo, narcissus grow. The sky is filled with clouds, five bats, four of the eight Buddhist symbols; lotus; canopy; mystic knot; and umbrella. Greek fret border in couched gold. Background in poor condition. Probably originally laid with gold thread which was removed for re-use. Primarily Peking knot with couched twisted cord and satin stitch. Backing of green patterned silk with symbols of eight Taoist immortals in pattern. Also on backing: "Made in China" stamp; and white paper sticker with two Chinese characters and the number "327"


Bibliography:

[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. 59, pg. 67View Objects cited in this Publication

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