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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-13
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Early Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 17th Century
Early Date:
1675
Late Date:
1700
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Spun Peacock Feather
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Satin Stitch
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Book
Rhinoceros Horn
Pearls
Sun
Description:
Civil official's rank badge, 7th rank. Blue cloth with embroidery in satin stitch and gold and spun peacock feather couched on. A Mandarin duck with spreads its wings forming a circle. Bird looks toward the sun as it hovers above a rock amidst rounded waves. Rocky bank at the borders bracket the water with a book, rhinocerors horn and four pearls. The sky is filled with blue, green and orange clouds. The gold thread fills in the empty space. The border is a meandering pattern of gold and spun peacock feather. Edge of fabric is unfinished with some loose threads and there is no backing.
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. S. Letcher

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: Figure 7, No. 13, p. 62
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