Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
Split Satin Stitch
Insignia from a section of an Imperial musician's robe. Flying yellow Oriole at center amidst green, blue, pink and red clouds against bright red silk background. Red sun in upper corner. Waves at bottom with blue rock at center. Swatstika floating in air above waves and fungus floating amidst waves. Double yellow line border. Coarsely embroidered using satin stitch, split satin stitch and couched gold thread for outlines. Green silk backing. Not an official square as orioles were not used by Qing Dynasty officials.
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: p. 68, Figure 29
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