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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-27A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 19th Century
Early Date:
1875
Late Date:
1900
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Wild Goose
Fish
wheel of the law
Umbrella
Urn
Lotus
Sun
Pearls
mystic knot
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Li Shui
Description:
Square rank badge for civil official of fourth rank. To be worn on front 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. Seam down center.
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. 27, p. 64
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