University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-68
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1925
Iconography:Hsieh Chai
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952


Imperial Censor's (or Judge's) "hsieh-chai" square.The animal, clouds, sun, and symbols are embroidered on gauze in a petit point technique, while the silver body of the animal and the gold background are intricately worked in threads of these precious metals in an odd form of overcasting. No rocks or sea, but the Eight Buddhist Symbols in background. (The animal soaring toward the sun, against the clouds, is equivalent to the flying birds on late Qing squares). A late border of bats alternating with circular shou characters.


[Article] Cammann, Schuyler. 1953. Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection. The University Museum Bulletin. 17 (3): pp. 2-73. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 68 Pg. 69View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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