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Mandarin Square

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Object Number:
52-23-56A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Early 18th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1825
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Satin
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Pearls
Fungus
Lucky Jewels
Description:
Square seventh rank civil official's badge. Probably for use on a side-fastening mourning robe because neither badge has a seam. At center a Mandarin duck looks back over its shoulder at the sun as it stands on a rock amidst gold waves. Pearls, fungus, and three other lucky symbols float in the waves. At either edge is a larger wave. Multi-colored clouds against a beige satin background. Narrow border of couched gold thread. Satin stitch, couched gold, couched wrapped threads are used. Back is lined with yellow silk with fragment of sticky label in one corner.
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. 56, p. 67
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