Mandarin Square


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Buzi (補子)
Object Number 52-23-71
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Qing Dynasty
Date Made Early 19th Century
Section Asian
Materials Silk
Technique Embroidered
Iconography Qilin | Peach | Peonies | Fungus | Peking Knot | Halberd | Music Stone

Mandarin square with Qilin 麒麟, a mythical horse-like animal used on the mandarin squares of wives of first rank military officers. Embroidered in satin stitch on blue-black satin. Body of Qilin has couched filling of twisted blue thread to create a scale effect. Symbols include peaches, peonies, and fungus with bamboo.

Height 33 cm
Width 33 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

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