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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-25
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
Seed Pearl
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Peacock
Rhinoceros Horn
Coin
Pearls
Bats
Sun
Fungus
Narcissus
Peony
Peach
Bamboo
Description:
Square rank badge for third rank official. Peacock at center facing sun stands on rock amidst waves. Fungus, rhinoceros horn, coin and pearls float in the sea while peonies, fungus, bamboo, peaches and narcissus grow on the rocky banks at either side. Clouds and three bats float in the sky against couched gold thread background. Primarily done in satin stitch with seed pearls on bird. Border of three concentric silk bands. Light blue silk backing.
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. 25, p. 64
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