Mandarin Square


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Buzi (補子)
Object Number 52-23-42
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Qing Dynasty | Qianlong
Date Made Qing Dynasty ca. 1740
Section Asian
Materials Silk | Satin | Gold Thread | Peacock Feather (uncertain)
Technique Embroidered | Satin Stitch | Stem Stitch | Peking Knot | Couched
Iconography Silver Pheasant | Sun | Pearls | Ruyi | Bell | Pine | Fungus | Marigold | Flowers

Square rank badge of wife of fifth rank official to be worn on the front of robe. At center a silver pheasant looks back towards sun as it stands on rock in landscape. Water in foreground with two pearls, ruyi scepter and bell. Auspicious flowers and plants including pine, fungus, marigold growing on ground and tall rocky cliffs at either side. Afew clouds in sky. Border of couched gold thread and single thread of peacock feather. Mostly in satin stitch with stem stitch, Peking knot and couched gold thread against blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Light blue patterned silk with brown stains as backing.

Height 26 cm
Width 27 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952
Other Number 9-C-2 - Other Number

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