University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-29B
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Aniline Dye
Technique:Embroidered
Pekinese Stitch
Iconography:Wild Goose
Lucky Jewels
Swastika
Sun
Li Shui
Bats
Narcissus
Fungus
Bamboo
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square rank badge for fourth rank civil official. To be worn on front of robe. At center a beige colored wild goose faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves and li shui motif. Eight lucky symbols and swastika float in the water. Narcissus, fungus and bamboo grown on the rocky banks at either side. Five bats and clouds in the sky. Greek fret border. Entire design in Pekinese stitch or couched continuous loops with gold thread and aniline dyes on dark brown cloth. Gap at center of design but cloth never cut apart to attach to robe front, i.e. never worn.


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. 29, p. 64View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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