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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-20
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:Silk
Satin
Cord
Technique:Embroidered
Peking Knot
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:Golden Pheasant
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Bats
Peony
Fungus
Bamboo
Peach
Narcissus
Chou
Sun
Height: 31 cm
Width: 31 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square civil official's rank badge, second rank. Worn on the front of a robe. Multi-colored Golden Pheasant facing sun stands on rock amidst waves. In the waves are the Eight Buddhist symbols and at each edge are rocks with peony, fungus, bamboo, peaches, narcissus. There are five bats among the clouds. The border consists of alternating bats and shou characters. Mostly done in Peking knot but also couched and satin stitch on blue satin. There is a seam down the center. Blue silk backing on one half of square. Based on the appearance of the background elements this appears to be from the Daoguang Period (1821-50 CE).

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. 20, p. 63View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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