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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-31A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 18th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Stem Stitch
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:Wild Goose
Li Shui
Pearls
Sun
Bats
Peony
Marigold
Fungus
Bamboo
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 31.5 cm
Width: 31.6 cm
Thickness: 0.3 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square rank badge for wife of fourth rank official. To be worn on the back of robe. At center a wild goose looking back at the sun stands on a rock amidst waves. Pearls float in the water. Li shui pattern in the foreground. A row of rocks beyond the water and to each side with peonies, marigolds, fungus, and bamboo. Five bats and clouds against a brown cloth ground. Greek fret border. Satin stitch, stem stitch, Peking Knot and couched gold thread used. Pink silk backing.

Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler V. 1953. "Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 17. no. 3. pg. 2-73 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 31, p. 64View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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