Mandarin Square


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Buzi (補子)
Object Number 52-23-46B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Qing Dynasty
Date Made 18th Century
Section Asian
Materials Silk
Technique Embroidered | Satin Stitch | Stem Satin Stitch | Peking Knot | Couched
Iconography Mandarin Duck | Sun | Pagoda | Landscape | Flowers | Bamboo
Inscription Language Chinese Language

Square for wife of seventh rank official to be worn on front of robe. At center Mandarin Duck looks back at sun as it stands on a rocky bank in the foreground beside the sea. In the distance is a mountain with stream and pagoda. Auspicious plants include bamboo and flowers. Couched gold thread border. Satin stitch, stem satin stitch, Peking knot and couchin used with blue-black satin ground. Vertical seam at center with part of embroidered design hidden by seam. Blue silk backing.

Height 24 cm
Width 23.7 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

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