Early 20th Century
Square rank badge for fourth rank civil official. To be worn on front of robe. At center a beige colored wild goose faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves and li shui motif. Eight lucky symbols and swastika float in the water. Narcissus, fungus and bamboo grown on the rocky banks at either side. Five bats and clouds in the sky. Greek fret border. Entire design in Pekinese stitch or couched continuous loops with gold thread and aniline dyes on dark brown cloth. Gap at center of design but cloth never cut apart to attach to robe front, i.e. never worn.
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. 29, p. 64
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