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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
Buzi (補子)
Object Number:
52-23-68
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
Technique:
Embroidery
Iconography:
Hsieh Chai
Bats
Shou
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Description:
Imperial Censor's (or Judge's) "hsieh-chai" square.The animal, clouds, sun, and symbols are embroidered on gauze in a petit point technique, while the silver body of the animal and the gold background are intricately worked in threads of these precious metals in an odd form of overcasting. No rocks or sea, but the Eight Buddhist Symbols in background. (The animal soaring toward the sun, against the clouds, is equivalent to the flying birds on late Qing squares). A late border of bats alternating with circular shou characters.
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: No. 68 Pg. 69
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