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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-9
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:Embroidered
Couched
Satin Stitch
Iconography:Peacock
Pearls
Clouds
Sun
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Civil official rank badge, third rank. Blue square cloth embroidered with silk thread and couched with gold thread. At the center a peacock, looking backwards towards the sun, stands with wings spread on a rock among waves with two pearls. The background is filled in with gold around blue, green and orange clouds. A Greek fret border is couched in gold. Made in two halves which are stitched together. Damage at one upper and one lower corner.

Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler V. 1953. "Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 17. no. 3. pg. 2-73 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 8, No. 9 pg. 62View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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