Late 19th Century
wheel of the law
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Square rank badge for civil official of fourth rank. To be worn on back of robe. Wild goose stands in center on rock amid waves with li shui motif. Pearls, a fish and a flaming wheel float in the waves. Fungus and narcissus grown on the rocky banks. Five bats and four of the eight Buddhist symbols including the endless knot, the lotus, the umbrella and the urn are among the clouds. Border is Greek Fret pattern. Peking knot with couched gold thread filling in ground on black silk with 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. 27, p. 64
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