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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
Buzi (補子)
Object Number:
52-23-70
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Technique:
Embroidery
Iconography:
Qilin
Bat
Peach
Narcissus
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fungus
Description:
First rank military officer's qilin square. Peking stitch with couched gold outlines and tendril background; mane and tail of couched silver wire wrapped in green silk. Symbols: five bats with a sixth added later in applique (probably to fill the gap in the pattern where the gold had come loose). Eight Buddhist symbols with highly conventionalized peaches and narcissus. A clumsy fret border couched in gold.
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. 3, p. 69
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