University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-6
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: 15th Century - 16th Century
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1599
Slit Tapestry Weave
Iconography:Paradise Flycatchers
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952


Civil official rank badge of unclassed official below the ninth rank. Slit tapestry or kesi square done with silk and gold thread on the warp and hemp on the weft. Reversible, pattern can be seen on both sides. Two paradise flycatchers face each other in center of square. One bird hovers in the air and the other stands on a rock in the water. On both sides there is land and huge peonies. Peonies and clouds fill the air and the ground is in gold thread. There is no backing. Selvage edges visible and top and bottom edges left unfinished. No Backing. A strip of piping has been sewn to the back of the top unfinished edge.


[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: Figure 3, No. 6, p. 61View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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