University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-51
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Satin
Technique:Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:Mandarin Duck
Sun
Ruyi
Jewels
Bats
Chou
Flowers
Kuilong
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank official. At center Mandarin Duck looks back towards sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Jewels in the sea including ruyi scepter. Auspicious flowers on rocky banks at both sides. Combination flower and cloud-like pattern in foreground and in sky. Three red bats and three blue bats in the sky. Pairs of kuilong dragons facing round shou characters on each side of border and bats in corners of border. Black silk border and red patterned silk backing with hole in one of the upper corners with remnant of white paper label and black stamp oval seal that says "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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 66View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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