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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-37B
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
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Split Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Silver Pheasant
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fungus
Bamboo
Peony
Narcissus
Bats
Sun
Description:
Square rank badge for fifth rank civil official. To be worn on the front of the robe. Silver pheasant faces sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Eight Buddhist symbols and pearls float in the waves. Fungus, bamboo, peony and narcissus grow on the rocky banks at either side. The sky is filled with two red bats, clouds, and gold tendrils against the black cloth ground. Greek fret border in couched gold thread. Primarily done in satin stitch with couched gold and split stitch. Seam down center.
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. 37, p. 65
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