University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-63A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1825
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Gold Thread
Ink
Technique:Kesi
Painted
Iconography:Hsieh Chai
Pavilion
Sun
Bats
Pine
Peony
Fungus
Bamboo
Kuilong
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Rank badge to be worn on back of robe of Imperial Censor or Judge. At center a white hsieh-chai with blue and green mane and tail and orange flames sits in a rocky landscape with waterfall. There is a pavillion on one side and the landscape includes pines, peonies, fungus and bamboo. The sky is gold with multi-colored clouds, two bats and a red sun. Stylized kuilong dragons in navy form the border with band of gold at outer edge. Design is done in kesi tapestry with painted details in black ink. Blue silk backing with stamp "Made in China."


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: p. 68View Objects cited in this Publication

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