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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-54B
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
18th Century
Early Date:
1700
Late Date:
1799
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Gold Thread
Gauze
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Pearls
Swastika
Pine
Bamboo
Marigold
Sun
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank civil official to be worn on front of summer robe. A Mandarin Duck stands at center looking towards the sun. It is perched on a rock amidst waves with landscape. Pearls and a swastika in the waves. Plants include pine, bamboo and marigold. Border of two narrow bands of couched gold. Almost entirely in couched gold outlines on black gauze. Vertical seam down center. Backing of black gauze. Back has two paper sticky labels one on top of the other. The one on top has seal in red ink and two Chinese characters written in black ink on top of seal.
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. 67
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