Mandarin Square


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 52-23-73B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Qing Dynasty
Date Made Early 20th Century
Section Asian
Materials Silk
Technique Embroidered
Iconography Lion | Bats

Second rank military officer's lion square. Soaring lion with ten bats in satin stitch; sun of silver threads couched with red silk; couched outlines of fine gold and silver thread. Border of alternating gold and silver shou 壽 characters. The lion looks too unusual to have been worn on an official square, and it has late aniline dyes. It was possibly made after the fall of the Qing Dynasty for an actor's robe or from the Reform Period of 1898 within the Guangxu Period (1875-1908), or in that style.

Height 31 cm
Width 31.2 cm
Thickness 0.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

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