Early 18th Century
Square rank badge of sixth rank official to be worn on front of robe. At center an egret looks back towards sun as it stands on rock amidst waves. On either side in the waves are two pearls and rocky banks. Most of the sky is filled with laid gold thread with a few clouds. Border of couched gold thread. Couched gold thread predominant with satin stitch and couched lines of wrapped thread. Rock probably was originally done in couched peacock feather which was replaced with coarse green silk. Vertical seam down center. Green silk backing with partial remains of a sticker with red ink stamped Chinese character.
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. 43, pg. 65
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