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Mandarin Square

Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number:52-23-39B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Early 20th Century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Satin
Gold Thread
Technique:Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:Silver Pheasant
Sun
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Bats
Three Halberds with Vase
Sun
Chou
Height: 34 cm
Width: 34.3 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952
Other Number:5-C-7 - Other Number

Description

Square rank badge for the front of the robe of a wife of fifth rank civil official. Silver pheasant in couched gold thread flys towards sun. Eight bats, the Eight Buddhist symbols, a vase with jade stone and three halberds float among the blue clouds. Border of alternating bats, shou characters in couched gold thread. Satin stitch, couched twisted silk also used on blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Blue silk backing. This badge appears to be from the Reform Period of 1898 within the Guangxu Period (1875-1908 CE), or in that style.

Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler V. 1953. "Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 17. no. 3. pg. 2-73 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 39, p. 65View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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