University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-13
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Early Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Late 17th Century
Early Date: 1675
Late Date: 1700
Gold Thread
Spun Peacock Feather
Satin Stitch
Iconography:Mandarin Duck
Rhinoceros Horn
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952


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.


[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. 62View Objects cited in this Publication

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