University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-56B
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 18th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1825
Section:Asian
Materials:Satin
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:Mandarin Duck
Sun
Pearls
Fungus
Lucky Jewels
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952

Description

Square seventh rank civil official's badge. Probably for use on a side-fastening mourning robe because neither badge has a seam. At center a Mandarin duck looks back over its shoulder at the sun as it stands on a rock amidst gold waves. Pearls, fungus, and three other lucky symbols float in the waves. At either edge is a larger wave. Multi-colored clouds against a beige satin background. Narrow border of couched gold thread. Satin stitch, couched gold, couched wrapped threads are used. Back is lined with yellow silk.


Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler. 1953. Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection. The University Museum Bulletin. 17 (3): pp. 2-73. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 56, p. 67View Objects cited in this Publication

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