Early Qing Dynasty
Late 17th Century
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.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952
[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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