University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-36A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 18th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1825
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched Filling Stitch
Couched
Iconography:Silver Pheasant
Pearls
Bell
Sun
Li Shui
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square badge to be worn by fifth rank civil official on back of robe. Silver pheasant looks back towards sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves with li shui motif. Two pearls and bronze bell float in waves. Sky is entirely filled with swirl-like motif. Satin stitch with back of bird in couched filling stitch and outlines in couched gold thread. Narrow border of gold silk. Stained 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. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 36, p. 65View Objects cited in this Publication

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