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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-67
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Satin
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Satin Stitch
Iconography:
Hsieh Chai
Sun
Bats
Pine
Dragons
Description:
Square rank badge for an Imperial Censor or Judge. Originally pattern was on a split square to be worn on the front of the robe but was transferred onto a single piece of silk so it now resembles a square to be worn on the back of a robe. At center a hsieh-chai sits on a rock amidst waves with rocky banks on either side. Pine trees on one of the banks. Sky contains blue clouds, four red and orange bats, one brown bat and red sun. Done primarily in coarse Peking knot stitches on blue-black satin. Couched gold outlines and border and twisted silk in satin stitch details in pine needles. Greek fret pattern border. Yellow dragon and cloud patterned silk backing with stamp "Made in China."
Height:
31cm
Width:
32.7cm
Thickness:
0.5cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. S. Letcher

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: p. 68-69
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