University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-80
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Technique:Embroidered
Iconography:Tiger
Five Bats
Peonies
Fungus
Bamboo
Peaches
Narcissus
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Pearls
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Fourth rank military officer's tiger square. Mostly in Peking knot, with outlines couched in twisted white, blue and silver cord, on blue-black satin. The tiger has obviously been added later in satin stitch to replace an earlier animal (Bear?), which was probably rendered in Peking knot like the rest - doubtless because of a sudden promotion for the owner. Border of alternating red bats and oblong shou characters. Compare identical patterns on 52-23-20, -45 and -91.


Bibliography:

[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: No. 3, p. 70View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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