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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-65
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Late 19th Century
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1900
Section:Asian
Materials:Satin
Silk
Metallic Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:Hsieh Chai
Sun
Bats
Flowers
Chou
K'uei Lung
Lotus
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square rank badge to be worn on back of robe of wife of Censor or Judge. At center hseih-chai sits on a rock amidst waves with rocky banks at either side. Flower-like cloud pattern below water and in the sky. Conventionalized flowers in the water. In the sky float more flowers, seven bats and a red sun. Border with three lotus flowers at each corner and sides with chou symbol and pairs of stylized kuei-lung dragons. Primarily in Peking knot with outlines and details of mane and tail in couched wrapped metal threads. Embroidered on double layer of cloth with blue-black satin in front and brown-grey silk in back.

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: p. 68View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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