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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-71
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
Technique:Embroidery
Iconography:Qilin
Peach
Peonies
Fungus
Peking Knot
Halberd
Music Stone
Height: 33 cm
Width: 33 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese New Year Festival (1997 - 1997) View Objects in Exhibition
Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Lang, Stephen A., and White, Joyce C. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. Kowloon. Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd. Vol. 38. no. 5. pg. 96-110 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 103, Fig. 46View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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: No. 71, pg. 69View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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