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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-48A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
Early Date:
1875
Late Date:
1925
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Ink
Technique:
Embroidered
Gold Thread
Ink
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Eight Immortal Symbols
Li Shui
Magnolia
Crab Apple
Peony
Bats
Rebus
Flowers
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank official to be worn on back of robe. At center Mandarin duck faces sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. The Eight Buddhist symbols float in the water. Li shui motif in foreground. Rocks at either side with magnolia, crab apple and peony flowers which make a rebus (yu t'ang fu kuei, or may you enjoy wealth and honors in halls of jade). The sky contains two bats, clouds and the Eight Taoist Immortal symbols against a gold flower and tendril on black back ground. Border of gold flower and tendril pattern. Coarse late k'o-ssu woven tapestry with details painted on. 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. 48, p. 66
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