University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-48B
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Gold Thread
Ink
Technique:Embroidered
Gold Thread
Ink
Iconography:Mandarin Duck
Sun
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Eight Immortal Symbols
Li Shui
Magnolia
Crab Apple
Peony
Bats
Rebus
Flowers
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank official to be worn on front of robe. At center Mandarin duck faces sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. The Eight Buddhist symbols float in the water. Li shui motif in foreground. Rocks at either side with magnolia, crab apple and peony flowers which make a rebus (yu t'ang fu kuei, or may you enjoy wealth and honors in halls of jade). The sky contains two bats, clouds and the Eight Taoist Immortal symbols against a gold flower and tendril on black back ground. Border of gold flower and tendril pattern. Coarse late kesi woven tapestry with details painted on. Vertical seam at center. Blue silk backing.


Bibliography:

[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. 48, p. 66View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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