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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-8
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Early Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 17th Century
Early Date:
1675
Late Date:
1900
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Tapestry Weave
Iconography:
Crane
Book
Rhinoceros Horn
Pearls
Sun
Description:
Civil official's rank badge, first rank. Silk tapestry square with narrow cloth border tacked on. Crane standing on one foot with wings spread on rock in the water. Bird looks back towards sun. Book, rhinoceros horn and four pearls in waves. Blue, orange, green, cream colored clouds with gold ground. May have been made to order as a present from the Emperor to one of his highest officials because during this time the silk tapestry technique was imperial monopoly.
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: No. 8, p. 62
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