Fifth rank military officer's bear square. Mostly in coarse satin stitch on blue-black cloth: animal has couched mane and tail (like No. 64); symbols done in Peking knot. Greek fret border couched in gold. (This square is identical in pattern with 52-23-72 and could have been made by the same person. These two squares, No. 52-23-83 and 52-23-72, neatly show the small contrast between bear and lion on the late Qing squares: body form, coloring and tails are practically the same, the only real difference being in more curls on the lion.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher
[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. 3, p. 71
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