Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Eight Immortal Symbols
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.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher
[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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